Last year, after a mild winter, Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous weather-predicting groundhog of Gobbler’s Knob, did not see his shadow and brought on an early spring. This year, with winter being kind of crazy (at least in my area, where we’ve had thunderstorms and tornadoes followed immediately by ice and snow), Phil’s prediction has been kind of up in the air. Last year you expected an early spring, since we never really had a hard winter. This year? Well, this year it was up in the air, but not anymore. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, and that means an early spring is coming!
Of course, true to form, last year Chicago had a Groundhog Day blizzard and right now, outside my window, there’s heavy snow fall clogging the streets. Then again, since the groundhog tradition started in 1887, Phil and his ancestors have only predicted an early spring 16 times versus expanding winter 99 times. So yeah, as always, please remember that the groundhog is only a professional groundhog and an amateur meteorologist.
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