Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Happy (?) Groundhog Day

According to news reports this morning, Phil saw his shadow, ran back into his little den and now, we're in for six more weeks of winter.

Sigh! I don't get it. We've had spring weather for two weeks already and they are expecting it to continue to warm up. Our trees are budding and plants are sprouting.

I never have understood how a groundhog 3,000 miles away could predict our weather here. Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?

It's a German tradition that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on February 2, winter will last another six weeks. They say since 1887, Phil has predicted more winter weather than not. Now, here's another dilemma. Doesn't that mean Phil has to be at least 124 years old? Shouldn't he be blind by now and unable to even see his shadow?

He must be some amazing little groundhog, to say the least. I think I'll stick with the woolly caterpillar -- ooops, my bad, that's in the fall to tell us if we're going to have a harsh winter.

I wonder if groundhogs eat caterpillars?

1 comment:

Suko said...

Fun--and funny--post! Given all the blizzards lately, I'd say Phil was right!