On February 2nd each year, everyone goes (ground)hog wild in anticipation of a prediction for the balance of winter. Will it be at least six more weeks of rough weather or will the sun shine warmly on America so we can put our shovels away? Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania is probably the most famous. There are a couple things that are amusing. First, they awaken this poor rodent in the dark of the early morning. There are thousands of adoring fans with spotlights, camera flashes, and more, so the bleary-eyed groundhog can’t help but see a shadow. There is too much light not to.
Then there’s the fact of different weather regions. One prediction for an entire country? I think not. Phil lives in, and can only speak for, Pennsylvania. In reality, there are a host of goodwill ambassadors to spring. Here is a short list of a few of them, and what they predicted for the coming six weeks:
Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania
Malvern Mel, New York
Balzac Billy, Alberta, Canada
General Beauregard Lee, Georgia
Woody the Woodchuck, Michigan
Staten Island Chuck, New York
Buckeye Chuck, Ohio
French Creek Freddie, West Virginia
Shubenacadie Sam, Nova Scotia, Canada
Wiarton Willie, Ontario, Canada
While groundhog day is a fun tradition, folks would be better of to just check their Farmers’ Almanac. More winter? Certainly. Check out our long range forecast and see what we say for the various regions of the U.S. and Canada.