Is winter over?

According to medieval custom, on Candlemas, half way between equinoxes, animals ventured out of their dens to check the weather.  If they saw their shadow, they would go back to sleep for six more weeks. A cloudy day indicated spring was near.

An English poem:

If Candle mas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.



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