February 2, 2011

"There is no way that this winter is ever going to end unless..."

Bill and Phil take one for the team on February 2:

Meanwhile, ever the crowd pleaser, this year's rat was 40% sunshine:

Groundhog Day gives Americans hope as snowstorms continue

At the annual groundhog day ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, "Punxsutawney Phil", the country's most famous groundhog, predicted there would be an early spring.

Every year, crowds gather on a small hill called Gobbler's Knob to watch top-hatted handlers from Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle release Phil from a temporary home.

If he "sees his shadow" and returns to his hole, it is said that there will be six more weeks of winter. If he sees no shadow, however, it can be assumed that it will soon be spring.

The various "Phils" have now seen their shadow 98 times and not seen it 16 times since 1887. However an analysis suggests he has been correct only 40 per cent of the time.

"Groundhog Day gives Americans hope...." Well, we all remember what happen the last time we believed a message of hope from a rat.

Posted by Vanderleun at February 2, 2011 10:22 AM
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I was listening to a Philadelphia news radio station this morning when they announced that Phil hadn't seen his shadow, so we would have an early spring.

Since we were in the middle of an ice storm at the time, the announcer said, "Maybe we need a new groundhog."

Posted by: rickl at February 2, 2011 4:02 PM