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Though we are only about a month in, 2014 will certainly be a memorable year, especially due to the strange weather it is giving us. As Florida and parts of the West Coast are experiencing summer temperatures in January, the rest of the country is facing record-breaking low temperatures. There are snow storms in South Carolina and fire danger and drought warnings in California. But we are in luck; Sunday February 2nd is Groundhog Day!



If you aren’t familiar with this obscure holiday based on German folklore, read on for some background and how you can use Ariba Discovery to prepare.



Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog surfaces from its burrow on Groundhog Day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The cheeky groundhog, appropriately named Punxsutawney Phil, has starred in a 1993 movie, appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, and, during Prohibition, threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed a drink.


Preparing for an Early Spring

Some recent postings on Ariba Discovery show that many people are betting on an early spring. There a plenty of posts for warm weather clothing including t-shirts, caps, skirts, and sandals. People are getting excited for outdoor activities searching for beach towels and swimwear as well as camping gear. A few sports-lovers are looking forward to spring weather, seeking tennis racquets and golf clubs. And some people are ready to relax with a cold drink from a beverage cooler and the breeze of a fan in their hair.Groundhog.jpg



Preparing for Six More Weeks of Winter

On the other hand, there have also been some recent Ariba Discovery posts from buyers betting on six more weeks of winter. They are looking for winter gear including sweaters, coats and scarves. Some people are clearly counting on more rain with posts for umbrellas and rain gutters. A few people are even banking on additional snow storms searching for road salt and gas generators. And others are content to snuggle with a warm blanket until spring finally comes.


No matter the outcome Punxsutawney Phil provides, you are sure to find anything you need, from A to Z, using Ariba Discovery. So what do you think? Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow indicating more winter weather, or will he be shadow-less predicting an early spring? Cast your vote here.




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