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Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

If you are in the weather business, you are quick to remind people not to “shoot the messenger” if they don’t like what is happening outside. I was aghast when I read in The Onion – that hallowed beacon of journalistic integrity* – that famous spring prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil is being beheaded because of his miss this year. Yikes! That strikes me as being a bit harsh. Send him to his room without supper or take away his iPhone, but a beheading?!

Legend has it that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early. This year Phil called for an early spring. This has proven to be wrong, as the many people who shoveled as much as a foot of snow this morning can attest, and now he may pay the ultimate price …

Do you think a “beheading” is a fitting punishment for old Phil, or should we give him another chance. I would hate for this to become the norm for missing a weather call.

Speaking of spring, the more reliable Farmers’ Almanac is calling for a soggy season for most parts of the US, and some very wild weather. For those in the East, take the wet while you can, because we say it will be a very warm and drier-than-normal summer.

Regardless of what the weather is doing in your area, spring officially arrived at 7:02 a.m. today, right on schedule. Enjoy the season!

*(Before anyone spreads any rumors about my intelligence, yes, I do realize The Onion is a satire publication).

3 comments

1 Pam Tichy { 03.20.13 at 6:06 pm }

Stop hating the G-hog!

2 karen brinkley { 03.20.13 at 5:42 pm }

Bottomline if we are beheading Phil for an incorrect forecast. Well, just think what would happen to all the local and national weather people. We would have to have a guiotine set up at every station. Unfortunately there would be daily beheadings for all the wrong and projected weather forecasts. l say give Phil immunity for the year let him keep his coat and head. At least his perce.tages

3 Betty { 03.20.13 at 3:52 pm }

Nooo!! He’s just an innocent little groundhog. He’s so cute… i’d hate to see that. They cant do that!! I think I would cry for the poor little guy. Its not the first time hes been wrong. Its just for fun

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