On Saturday, the groundhog did not see its shadow, and we're celebrating the end of subzero temperatures and reveling in temperatures in the 40s and 50s. We are also being warned about ice jams on rivers and streams and the potential for flooding as the dramatic change in temperature melts the ice.
A hundred years ago, the groundhog did see his shadow, which was considered a propitious sign, particularly for those who made a living harvesting ice on the Hudson River. The following item appeared on the front page of the Columbia Republican for February 4, 1919.
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