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Let’s hope the groundhog got it wrong–again!

February 3, 2015
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Yesterday was groundhog day and he saw his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. groundhog2015. According to a report I heard on NPR, he has only been right about 40% of the time, so a coin toss is just as good a prognosticator of what is to come. In 2013, Phil issued a forecast for an early spring, but bitter cold and snow gripped the eastern U.S. into March that year. The prosecuting attorney in Butler County, Ohio, went as far as to seek the death penalty for Phil for “misrepresentation of early spring” before a Pennsylvania law firm came to Phil’s defense, claiming the Ohio attorney had no jurisdiction to prosecute the groundhog. The things people do for attention!

Regardless of what is in store the next six weeks, it was surely cold yesterday–all day, even when the sun came out. This morning it was 27 when I got up, so not a whole lot warmer.

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