Well once again it is groundhog day.
Apparently there is a consensus this year. An early spring in Canada (but not in PEnnsylvania apparently).
I really don't get the whole thing about Feb 2. I liked Bill Murray's line about the world paying homage to a rat (at the beginning of teh movie Groundhog Day, which is hilarious by the way). As far as I can tell, if the rodent sees a shadow spring in 6 weeks, if no shadow then spring in about 1.5 months.