The Groundhog Has Spoken! Expect An Early Spring
Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow at this years ceremony.
The famous Pennsylvania groundhog is the “seer of seers” and “sage of sages,” so what he say goes—or something like that. At this years’ Groundhog Day ceremony, the groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair in front of thousands but didn’t see his shadow. Apparently this means that spring will come early this year, amid both record warm temperatures and bitter cold and tornadoes in the South and Midwest.
Organizers adorned with top hats and tuxedos predicted a larger-than-normal crowd of 20,000 people this weekend. They insist Phil is the original—and best—even though others like Staten Island Chuck, in New York or General Beauregard Lee, Atlanta have been added to the forecasting department.
It seems like Phil may need some help anyway. Last year, the groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter; whereas, the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University later listed January to June as the warmest seven-month period since 1895. (USA Today)