Thursday, February 2, 2012

Dark Shadows: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Six More Weeks of Winterless Winter

As a majority of the country basks in a long string of unseasonably warm days, Pennsylvania's favorite rodent Punxsutawney Phil has to go and put the kibosh on our freakish climate change enjoyment by seeing its shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of "winter".

As is the long-standing tradition in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Groundhog Day, well-dressed minders were charged with rousing the cantankerous groundhog out of its burrow to see whether or not the sun will cast a shadow. If no shadow is seen, the population can celebrate that winter will come to a quick end. If a shadow is cast, then six more weeks of winter conditions can be expected.

Not that there is anything remotely predictable about the weather as of late, so a groggy rodent buried deep in the ground is probably as good at forecasting the weather as a Harvard educated meteorologist at this point. Temperatures have been so warm across a large swathe of the United States and Canada that wild animals such as bear are already coming out of hibernation weeks earlier than normal, causing problems for local populations accustomed to not seeing the creatures around during the winter months.

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