Where else in the world does a group of people, in this case a substantial amount of citizenry of the US, eagerly await the prognostication from a cute furry quadruped on the 2nd day of February every year? Sure this was probably a variation of an early holiday brought to this country by European settlers that was originally known as Candlemas. Candlemas was the midway point from the winter solstice and vernal equinox. Do we really like or believe the notion that an animal has the best chance to predict whether we experience a lengthened winter or early spring? Or is it that we enjoy clinging to time old traditions even when they are proven no better than a coin toss? It’s interesting to note that the phenomenon seems to be localized to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic areas. There are a few outside those two areas, but by and large most are located in those two regions.
Today’s preeminent prognosticator is Punxsutawney Phil, from where else other than Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. As Phil Connors in the 1993 film so famously pined, “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.” It’s also interesting to note that Phil doesn’t have a monopoly on the shadow calling game. No sir, most states have their own version of Punxsutawney Phil. Two of my favorites that come to mind are Stormy Marmot from Aurora Colorado, and General Beauregard Lee in Lilburn Georgia. So without any further adieu what is this year’s prediction?
2016 Groundhog Day Prediction: SPRING