What we have on our hands is a full fledged Groundhog Day conundrum. Punxsutawney Phil, arguably the most famous groundhog in history, saw his shadow thus casting the proverbial die which says that we will have to endure six more weeks of Winter. Other, less famous groundhogs around the country say that Phil is wrong. Wrong as hell.
From Canada to Staten Island to the tiny town of Dunkirk, N.Y., on the shores of Lake Erie, other groundhogs competing for the title of grand prognosticator offered differing opinions on this Groundhog Day, which marks the midway point of winter. Perhaps they were confused by the unseasonably warm weather across much of the eastern half of the country. The temperature Wednesday at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport hit a record for the day: 64 degrees. That’s more than 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.
A Canadian groundhog? Please. Personally I don’t care. I’ve enjoyed a rather mild winter so far and I figure I’ll see Spring soon enough. As for the wannabe groundhog’s across the land trying to cast doubt on Phil prognostication? Get over it. That gig is taken.