Tradition Sans Smog

Salty Stew, the Rocky Mountain groundhog, tried to account for smog in his prediction, but it didn’t work. The sun cut right through the smog. Without any clouds for a thousand miles, Salty Stew’s shadow was all too prominent.

If you’re wondering how this superstitious tradition works, it goes as follows: the sign of the shadow means 6 weeks of winter weather remains for the season, while a cloudy morning without a groundhog shadow means an early spring.

Now, some of us like snow. Some people even enjoy change in the climate. Still others prefer the same predictable weather patterns. This last group often wishes it was the same season all year.

As for Salty Stew, the groundhog, he would much rather see an early warming cycle, Spring, because he knows the longer the winter, the more likely he is to become what his name implies.

Cold people want warm food.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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