Assignment: Groundhog Day: Find your shadow!
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Created January 31, 2013 by
February 2 is Groundhog Day -- the unofficial American holiday where we learn if spring will arrive early or if we’ll have to endure six more weeks of winter, all based on whether a rodent sees his shadow.
The quirky weather prediction tradition goes back to medieval times when there was a superstition that all hibernating animals emerged from their caves and dens to check on the weather halfway between December and March. If the animals saw their shadows, winter would go on and they could go back to sleep. If they didn’t see a shadow, an early spring was on its way.
Pennsylvania has Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Zoo’s got Staten Island Chuck, but CNN wants to feature you! Forget the fact that you’re not a rodent. For this one-day photo assignment, we invite you to go outside on Saturday and see if you can find your shadow. Snap a picture of it and tell us your weather prediction.