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Groundhog day predicts longer winter or early spring

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On February 2nd, a Groundhog peaks out of the ground and predicts the weather forecast for the next six weeks. In the hands of Punxsutawney Phil, the change of seasons is debatable whether he sees his shadow or not for a longer winter or an early spring. Spring is a better season than winter because of the warmer weather, outside activities and longer days.

Spring and its warmer weather bring relief to the freezing winter temperatures. With cold fronts and snow bombarding the world, early spring will stop the need for big coats on multiple layers of clothing. The warm weather isn’t just good for its better weather but provides health benefits as well. Some people might say that “winter depression” exists, which considerably could be true concerning warmer temperatures that can improve mood. Seasonal affective disorder typically happens during winter due to the short days and less daylight that could trigger chemical changes in the brain that could lead to depression, in which the need for an early spring is necessary.

Limitations in the winter stop people from going outdoors and participating in outdoor activities. Spring’s warm but cool temperatures allow for a re-emergence of people willing to go out to adventure and stay fit by playing sports or even hiking. After being contained in a house for long periods, people start to lack the need to stay active since it could be too cold in houses to have the will to get up to do some physical activity. As spring reengages people with new options, spring is the superior season since it shifts people from staying indoors to outdoors all day long.

Longer days provide more opportunities to get things done during the day. With the days being longer, this allows for more time for relaxation after work and school for many. This provides a better schedule to balance work life with life at home since stress won’t be overtaking the minds of others. In terms of maintaining good body health, increased exposure to Vitamin D levels is a priority to keep healthy bones. The need for spring is great for the mind and the body, so the hope for the groundhog not seeing its shadow is at an all-time high.

Some people might argue that daylight savings time is a curse and not a blessing relating to one hour of sleep being taken away from people. On the other hand, this allows for more time for errands and other tasks to be accomplished during the longer days.

At around 7:15 a.m. today Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog didn’t see his shadow with forecasts for an early spring. So, everyone throw out the sweatshirts and hoodies and bring back the bikinis because the sun is returning sooner. 

 

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Victoria is a sophomore at WHS, and it is her first year in newspaper. For the past year, she has been in Student Council, UIL Journalism, and Girl's Soccer. In her free time, she likes to take naps and be on her phone.
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