Ground Hog Day
January 1, 2009
Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota climatologist and meteorologist, is an expert on Ground-Hog Day, which is Thursday, Feb. 2. Ground-Hog Day or Candlemas Day, the halfway point of winter, has been recognized in many mid-latitude cultures and countries for centuries, Seeley wrote in excerpt from Minnesota Weather Almanac. “It is founded on anxiety associated with how long winter will last coupled with a belief that some of Mother Nature’s creatures are better at anticipating weather than we are,” he said. Seeley can also speak to the unseasonably warm weather. “It looks like we’ll have the warmest January in modern history.”
To interview one of the experts, contact the University News Service, (612) 624-5551.