Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Happy Groundhog Day!


What do we know about Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania?

On February 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the winter.

Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking “groundhog punch” (a secret recipe).
One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life.

Contrary to popular belief, Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by an inner circle of experts. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, he speaks to the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese. His proclamation is then translated for the world.

According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

I am just wondering how that works...if spring is March 20th this year, how can it come any earlier than March 20th? And as far as I can calculate, winter is 6 more weeks regardless of what Phil says. I better stop thinking about this or I could ruin my illusions of the old fat groundhog from Pennsylvania and his predicting abilities. :)

And for the record, I think it would be neat to live in a town called Punxsutawney!



ionamin-W8FW8 said...

I think spring actually comes in March. I loved your little commentary on Phil! Long may he live!

Loretta Valenta said...

You are right Diane -- it is March, not April. Phil told me it was April. Stupid groundhog! :)