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Three Things to Know

Three Things to KnowGreetings! 3 things to know for Monday, February 2

1. Happy Groundhog Day! Or is it Merry Groundhog Day! Whichever, today’s supposedly the day we’ll find out if we’ll have six more weeks of winter, courtesy of Punxsutawney Phil. Of course, around these parts, we really haven’t had much of a winter. We’ll see how it goes.

2. The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day is said to have been found in the Feb. 4, 1841 diary entry of storekeeper James Morris in Morgantown, Pennsylvania.

3. Groundhog Day organizers say Phil has been correct between 75 percent and 90 percent of the time. Weather experts aren’t so sure, placing Phil’s accuracy rate at less than 40 percent. So, enjoy the show, but don’t plan your next six weeks on it. Best way to find out the weather each morning is to walk outside, prance around a bit, then decide how to dress. If it’s cold, wear a jacket. If it’s not, then don’t. It’s not that hard.

And now you know.

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