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February 2, 2019

Kharkiv Groundhog Tymko III Predicts Arrival of Spring


Today, on February 2, Groundhog Day is celebrated. It is a humorous holiday, the main character of which is a groundhog the forecaster. It is believed that on this day, the animal comes out of its burrow to see if spring has arrived. So, by the groundhog’s behavior you can assume if cold weather will continue and what kind of spring to expect.

This year, the event is held for the 15th time. Many guests arrived in the all-Ukrainian weather capital — Haidary village of Zmiiv district of Kharkiv region — to the Biological Station of Karazin University to know the groundhog’s prediction. It is for the second time that a forecast has been made by Tymko III.

The event was attended by the Head of Culture and Tourism Department of Zmiiv Regional State Administration, Oleh Bidulin, the President of Kharkiv Rotari Club, Yurii Karachentsev, the Head of Kharkiv press club, Liudmyla Dolia, the Dean of the School of Biology, Vasyl Zhmurko, and others.

When taken out of his house, the animal “whispered” his weather prediction to the First Deputy Keeper of the Groundhog Nadiia Tokarska. She interpreted the prediction, "Spring will come. But, unfortunately, in March there will still be frosts. The warm and sunny weather is expected in April."

The Predictor was also asked who would win the Iron Throne in the “The Game of the Thrones”. And he prophesied the victory of the Night King. However, as we know, good always defeats evil, so we can conclude that the struggle will continue and this year the story of this fatal confrontation will not end.

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