Groundhog Day

Yesterday we “celebrated” the grand ‘ol tradition of “Groundhog Day”.

On the second day of every February people and a large contingent of the media gather at Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania to anxiously await the arrival of a somewhat confussed looking groundhog named, Phil.

“Punxsutawney Phil” to be exact!

People are anxious to see if the oversized rodent will see his shadow when he emerges from his, “plusher than the normal groundhog gets”, log home!

When he is pulled out, I mean, comes out, legend has it, if he spots his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter remaining.

No shadow, an early spring for everyone!

Not surprisingly, “Phil” has spotted his shadow 99 out of the past 114 trys. So it would seem the odds of Pennysylvania getting an early spring are pretty much zero. Especially, since this “media event” has made it virtually impossible for Phil NOT to see his shadow due to the overwhelming amounts of television lights surrounding him!

Phil did see shadow yesterday, so six more weeks of winter!

Six more weeks?

Speaking for the state that practically invented winter, I’d say we’ll happily take that!

But I’m just not buying it!

I don’t want to discount the forecasting abilities of a groundhog and yes, some would argue that he stands a better chance of being correct than most meteorologists, but I go by something that I can consider far more accurate than the meteorological community AND Phil combined!

I am happy to report my way of predicting the remaining length of winter in Minnesota is 100 percent accurate!

What’s my fool-proof system you ask?

It’s simply the size of the shadow of the pile of snow at the end of my driveway on “Driveway Day”, which just happens to fall on the same day as the aforementioned “holiday”!

Yes, every February 2nd I check the size of the shadow of the pile of snow beside my driveway and based upon that reading, I can successfully predict the remaining length of winter in Minnesota!

And I’m sure you are wondering…

Yes, the snow pile cast a rather LARGE shadow yesterday and that means we are in store for EIGHT more weeks of winter here in the land of 10,000 frozen lakes!

Of course, to be fair, I should point out, that you are pretty much always safe with a prediction of eight more weeks of winter in Minnesota on February 2nd, but we’ll let my driveway pile once again take all of the credit!

Big pile, big shadow, 8 more weeks of winter!

Big pile, big shadow, 8 more weeks of winter!


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