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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhogs Destined To Become Endangered!

With the winter we’re having and the winters many have had the past few years, the rodent mascot of meteorology has a lot of snow and ice weighing down his shoulders!

In Punxsutawney, PA, home of Punxsutawney Phil, the supreme groundhog, there is controversy! I was reading an article where his handler is accused of coercion, threatening Phil if he doesn’t make the “right” prediction! Phil predicted and early spring, but at what cost?

Staten Island Chuck, who forecasts the New York weather predicts an early spring. A handler at the Staten Island Zoo , remarking about Chuck’s accuracy, said, “If he was a Yankee, he’d be hitting .800!” Well, we all know how Yankee fans react to the other .200!

In Chicago, a closed Brookfield Zoo meant the Groundhog Day events were cancelled! The high winds last night tore tiles from the press box at Wrigley Field. Chicago NEEDS an early spring! Maybe the early spring cities can share some season with Chi-town?

In VERY GOOD local news, Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow either! A sigh of relief from me as we had some intermittent sunshine today! So, thankfully, mercifully, an early spring here too!

Spring will be here early, by mid-March! Better than waiting 6 weeks!

Read about the predictions and controversies

Punxsutawney Phil

Staten Island Chuck

Buckeye Chuck

Wrigley Field


Edna B said...

I really truly hope the little bugger is right. Although, how am I going to get rid of all this snow in just six weeks? Do you suppose we could come with a way of selling it and making a bit of money from it? There's enough snow here to make us VERY rich!!
I think I need to go to bed and get some rest. I'm starting to talk weird. You have a great night. Hugs, Edna B.

seamhead gypsy said...

right now i'd settle for temps above freezing just so i clear my drive of the 2 to 4 inch thick ice. i also don't expect that the mail service will extend themselves to reach a little extra to put my mail in my mail box. the plows didn't get all that close to the side of the street and there is a good 10 inch thick of ice about two feet from the opening of the mail box. i spent several hours yesterday outside trying to clear things up without much success, unless you want to call a sore hand and a sore back success.