Saturday, February 2, 2013

Happy Groundhog Day Indeed!

Not sure why we put so much trust in a rodent but here we are and Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Spring Is Coming!

Following a recent stretch of weather that's included temperatures well below freezing as well as record warmth, tornadoes in the South and Midwest and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair today in front of thousands but didn't see his shadow.
Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2 on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, winter will last six more weeks.  But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.  The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle.  Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.
Although he is the original and considered best in the forecasting department, Phil's got company...there's Staten Island Chuck, in New York...

General Beauregard Lee, in Atlanta; and Wiarton Willie, in Wiarton, Ontario, among others noted by the National Climactic Data Center "Groundhog Day" Web page.
I guess Andy Warhol was right when he said that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." just never thought that this would ring true to the likes of the Kardashians and rodents?
"Punxsutawney can't keep something this big to itself," the Data Center said.  "Other prognosticating rodents are popping up to claim a piece of the action."
The 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray brought even more notoriety to the Pennsylvania party. The record attendance was about 30,000 the year after the movie's release, said Katie Donald, executive director of the Groundhog Club...What? There is a club!?
Phil's predictions, of course, are not always right on. Last year, for example, he told people to prepare for six more weeks of winter, a minority opinion among his groundhog brethren. The Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University later listed that January to June as the warmest seven-month period since systematic records began being kept in 1895.  "We'll just mark it up as a mistake last year. He'll be correct this year," McKown said hopefully.
Oh Phil, I sure hope you are right this time around and now...where is my Foursquare badge?!

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