Today is the day that we rely upon an animal to advise us on our weather forecast. One has to wonder where this stuff comes from? Here we are a civilization that can’t tear itself away from its technology, electronics and obsession with gadgetry and we are relying upon a groundhog or woodchuck to prognosticate as to our weather situation. Don’t we have gadgets and gizmos to do that? Don’t we have degree-bearing meteorologists who are supposed to tell us what the weather will be like going forward? And yet, here we are in 2012 relying on whether or not a groundhog sees its shadow to tell us if we can expect an early spring or hunker down for six more weeks of winter.
I personally have no problem listening to a groundhog…after all how wrong can he or she be? The weather forecasters don’t get it right a lot of the time anyway, so let’s give the old groundhog a try.
Personally, from the groundhog’s point of view, I am sure that the poor creature is wondering what the hell all of these people are doing outside of its burrow. It’s probably also wondering if they could please keep down the noise, because they are disturbing the poor creature’s rest.
Punxsutawney Phil, the world re-known groundhog from Pennsylvania around which the Bill Murray movie centered is predicting six more weeks of winter. His competitors around the country, well some of them say differently.
In any event, it is entertaining as is the movie.
Whether you have more winter or you have an early spring headed your way…….Happy Groundhog Day!
- Happy Groundhog Day! (neatorama.com)
- Groundhog Day Weather Prediction (kymx.radio.com)
- Greedy Groundhogs (joyinthemoments.com)
- Midwest’s groundhog ‘predicts’ early spring (thegazette.com)