There’ll be two winters in the year;
If Candlemas brings snow and rain
Old winter shall not come again.
Candlemas (Imbolc) is the pivot point between the shortest day and the Spring equinox. The weather prophesies that we still mark as Groundhog Day go back to a time in Northern Europe when that pivot was an indicator of a farm household’s chance of surviving, well or meagrely, until the Spring. This year in New England there hasn’t been much of a winter so far (apart from the Halloween Horrorshow), but nobody’s putting away the snowblowers or shovels before Easter in any case!