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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Backyard Almanac: Don't Wake the Groundhog

a close up of a groundhog with a snowy background and some wild plants
Stephan Rudolph

This week on Backyard Almanac, Larry Weber talks about the ebb and flow of January weather, what new critters are enjoying the warmer climate, and the folktale that birthed Groundhog Day.

The unpredictable January weather is leading into a warm February. Not only is the forecast calling for higher-than-usual temperatures, but we'll also be seeing more and more daylight hours as the month rolls along.

Signs of active life can be seen almost everywhere right now. Various tracks can be seen in the melting snow, including that of deer and skunks. Unfrozen lakes are making it much easier to locate and spot waterfowl than is generally typical this time of year. On his walks, Larry noticed ducks, mallards, and even swans.

And if you're looking for a forecast about the winter, don't ask the groundhog. Despite legends - and regardless of the date on the calendar - groundhogs are burrowed underground and in a deep sleep today.

You can hear Backyard Almanac every Friday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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