Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter. Wait, seeing his shadow because its sunny means more winter? And no shadow means an early spring? I've always wondered about that, so I did a quick Google search to learn more. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club includes history and FAQ about Phil and Groundhog Day. (It's another tradition we can blame on the Germans.) Another site sells official groundhog souvenirs.

Actually, I've always suspected this holiday was created by someone with severe cabin fever looking for any excuse to get out of the house. What else could explain taking a sweet, sleepy critter out of his snug, warm den and waving him about in front of a cheering crowd? I've always felt sorry for Phil. I'd hate it if someone woke me up like that. They probably use a groundhog because groundhogs are too sweet to bite under such circumstances.

What I really want to know: since this winter has been much warmer than usual, does Phil's prediction mean that winter will really start now?

1 comment:

The Cat Bastet said...

>does Phil's prediction mean that
>winter will really start now?

Apparently so! says there is a Winter Storm Warning today (Sat. Feb. 4) and predicts 1-3" of snow today, 3-5" tonight, and 1-3" tomorrow. Normal winter weather at last -- much better than gloomy rain. Thanks, Phil!