Thursday, February 03, 2011

Groundhog Day

From the official website for Punxsutawney, PA

Happy Groundhog Day from Punxsutawney!

Phil Says Expect an Early Spring!

Phil's official forecast as read February 2nd, 2011, at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA:
Here Ye, Hear Ye, Hear Ye
Groundhog Day, February 2, 2011
Punxsutawney Phil was raised from his burrow
By the call of President Bill Deeley.
He greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.
After casting an inquisitive eye towards thousands of his faithful followers,
He proclaimed that the Steelers are going to the Super Bowl!
Back to the business at hand...
He surveyed his surroundings carefully and found that there was no shadow around,
So, an early spring it will be.
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Because the calender and orbital cycles, the revolution and rotation of the earth will become slightly hinged differently upon the observations of a rodent-like creature.

According to the community newspaper, the Punxsutawney Spirit:


February 2, 2011

This morning, contrary to the recent weather, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and predicted an early spring during the year of the "Groundhog Day" storm. (Photo by Tom Chapin)
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Appropriately beginning a day that pretty much saw all forms of weather — wind, snow, freezing rain, fog and sunshine — in the Weather Capital of the World, Punxsutawney Phil stunned shivering and wet fans at Gobbler's Knob and proclaimed Wednesday that no, he did not see a shadow, and yes, an early spring is on its way.
"The sky is clear; prepare yourself for warmth," Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston said following Punxsy Phil's prognostication, which came on the heels of severe winter storm warnings for the Midwest, Pennsylvania, New York and the Northeast.
Sounds like six more weeks of winter, right? Not so, according to Punxsutawney Phil.
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Note the joy of the official, the official Punxustawney Groundhog Day Club....

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