And it's Groundhog Day! The boughs of the fir tree in the front yard are heavy and weighted down. It's cloudy, which bodes well...
According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. Wikipedia
Mixed augery. With a cloudy day and storm it is hard to predict what the groundhogs will do. My cat could care less, but personally I hope the rodent is foolhardy enough to brave the wind so winter leaves within 6 weeks!
Here is a clip from one of my all-time favourite films, Groundhog Day.
Bill Murray makes this one easy to watch, over and over again. Here with German subtitles, in case you want to brush up your language skills: