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100 years ago: Local groundhog finds snow, but no shadows

February 3, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 3, 1913:

  • "When the Ground Hog emerged from his place of hibernation yesterday he saw no shadow of himself silhouetted on the ground about him. He saw only a vast expanse of whiteness, a whiteness that sank beneath his feet and which was falling steadily from overhead. The Ground Hog made his annual weather investigation expedition in the midst of a snow storm and shadows were not in order. Thus the Ground Hog remained outside and this shall be a sign that the winter is over.... The light snow that began falling on Saturday afternoon failed to make good but yesterday morning the weather man was in earnest and turned loose a snow cloud that has covered all of Kansas with a 2 to 6 inch blanket of white. A covering of snow that is a great gift to the farmers for the wheat crop of Kansas is saved again."
  • "Mrs. E. Miller, who is 79 years old and has lived in Lawrence since Quantrell's raid, has kept a record and she finds that yesterday was the third time in fifty years when the ground hog did not see his shadow. Mrs. Miller says that only on these three occasions has it been cloudy all day. This is a record that is curious because it happens that this day is supposed to govern the weather. It would be hard to find any other day that had only been cloudy three times in half a century."
  • "An income tax is now one of the provisions of the constitution of the United States. Wyoming's ratification today of the income tax amendment -- the sixteenth change in the constitution and the first since the reconstruction -- completed the list of thirty-six states, three-fourths of the union, which have approved the provision. Congress now will enact a law to levy a tax, and it probably will become effective during the extraordinary session to be called by President-elect Wilson in March."
  • "Judge C. A. Smart convened the February term of the District Court here this morning at 10 o'clock. The present term of court does not promise any number of very important cases. The criminal docket is rather weak and the civil docket holds out very little. This morning the time was spent in hearing motions by the various attorneys who have cases on the docket.... It is probable that all of the criminal cases can be taken care of this week."

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