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02/02/2021 – Ephemeris – Happy Groundhog Day

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This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Ground Hog Day, Tuesday, February 2nd. Today the Sun will be up for 9 hours and 53 minutes, setting at 5:53, and it will rise tomorrow at 7:59. The Moon, 2 days before last quarter, will rise at 11:48 this evening.

I’m not sure if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow this morning or not, but February 2nd was a special day to the ancients. It is also Candlemas day for the Catholic Church. It is also celebrated as a cross-quarter day. The middle of the season of Winter, though the exact date of the middle of winter is the 4th. And if Phil sees his shadow, and we do get 6 more weeks of winter, that’s OK too. By the calendar it is actually 6 weeks and 5 days to the vernal or spring equinox, the official end of winter. But this is northern Michigan. Of the other cross-quarter days, only one stands out today. It’s May 1st, May Day. The way this year has been going, winter has had a hard time getting started. But when it gets going… Look out!

The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Ground Hog Day

Poor Punxsutawney Phil, rousted out of his mid winter nap on a previous Groundhog Day. Phil looks kind of grumpy. I don’t blame him.  Credit: http://www.fuzzytoday.com.