I don't know if Iowa has its own official groundhog or not. But any groundhogs around our part of the state didn't stand a chance of seeing their shadow this morning. The fog was so thick I could actually watch it swirling in the flashlight beam when I went out with the dogs at 5:30. That was kinda creepy.
Today is also Imbolc. Imbolc is a Celtic festival marking the beginning of spring. That might be a little optimistic but I'm all about spring getting here ASAP. Most commonly it is celebrated on Feb. 1 or 2 in the northern hemisphere. These dates fall about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
From now on, the sunlight hours of the day start getting markedly longer and will continue to lengthen until the summer solstice in late June, when they start getting shorter again.
Can we have spring if we really haven't had winter yet?