Friday, February 02, 2007

Is Spring Right Around the Corner?

On the lighter side.... Take it for what it's worth, but according to the infamous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, its right around the corner. Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so according to legend, Spring will be here sooner than later. Good news or not for the American Farmer, we shall see if his prediction is right. With next week's arctic temperatures forecasted, it certainly would seem he's way off.

Every February 2, people gather at Gobbler's Knob, a wooded knoll just outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Residents contend that the groundhog has never been wrong. The ceremony in Punxsutawney was held in secret until 1966, and only Phil's prediction was revealed to the public. Since then, Phil's fearless forecast has been a national media event.

The groundhog comes out of his electrically heated burrow, looks for his shadow and utters his prediction to a Groundhog Club representative in "groundhogese." The representative then translates the prediction for the general public.

If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, it means spring is just around the corner. Approximately 90% of the time, Phil sees his shadow. Phil started making predictions in 1887 and has become an American institution.

1 comment:

American Farmer said...

Let's hope this ground hog is correct. It is very cold here today.