The groundhog (or woodchuck) is a squirrel-like North American creature which hibernates for between three and six months throughout the winter, It’s said that when they emerge from their burrow in February, they retreat underground if they see their shadow, the reasoning being that a sunny day indicates a later spring. If they don’t see their shadow because of cloudiness then it means that spring will be late so they retreat back underground to repeat the exercise of hibernating and waking. The term ‘groundhog day’ is used to describe a situation in which a series of events recurs in exactly the same way – caught in a loop. In groundhog speak, ‘every day is winter’ ….until it’s not!
We’re having rather a lot of groundhog days at the moment.