The big story is… Phil

'Are you guys tripping?'

From today’s Washington Post:

At 7:25 a.m. this morning, amidst mostly cloudy skies, and temperatures in the low 30s, Groundhog Phil saw his shadow in the little town of Punxsutawney, Pa.

According to folklore, Phil’s sighting of his own shadow means there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Had Phil not seen his shadow, it would have meant “there will be an early spring.”

If Phil’s forecast is right, it signals a dramatic reversal from the mild weather pattern affecting much of the country. Many parts of the central and eastern U.S. have seen temperatures 20 to 30 degrees above normal in recent days. On February 1, just 19% of the Lower 48 had snow cover compared to 52% at this time last year.

Footnote: If Phil’s sighting means anything, it’s “there will be an extremely late winter.”

Photo by Laugh It Out.

3 thoughts on “The big story is… Phil

  1. Groundhogs aren’t rodents. They’re marmots.

    And the really amusing thing is that Groundhog Day got going in f Punxsutawney as a winter festival as a food festival, with groundhog dishes being the main attraction.

  2. well, in phil’s defense, his conclusion of “six more weeks of winter” is pretty likely considering how mild this winter has been. i mean, temperatures ranging between the 40s and 60s is actually seasonal for march.

  3. General Beauregard Lee here in Georgia predicts early spring. We usually have a warm spell and the jonquils start coming up. Some trees are flowering. It’s been very warm here this winter. Good on the heating bills but, will prolong allergy season.

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