Punxsutawney Phil has made a career of delivering empty promises.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 2, 2019
Me, I prefer to trust the old proverb:
If Candlemas is bright and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year;
If Candlemas has snow and rain, old winter shall not come again.
It was *delightfully* bright & sunny here north of Boston yesterday… but of course we all knew we’d pay for it later.
[Candlemas is the ‘cross-quarter day’ halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. In the Christian tradition, February 2 is the Feast of the Presentation, and parishioners would bring their household’s candles to be blessed to ensure good fortune. But the cross-quarter day ceremonies all involve fire — candles in February, bonfires for May Day, hearth fires (for bread-baking) on August 1st, and lanterns for Halloween.]
The groundhog’s got a lousy track record anyway, according to actual meteorologists:
… In the past decade, Phil has predicted a longer winter seven times and an early spring three times. He was only right about 40% of the time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which says the groundhog shows “no predictive skill.”…
So, what do the experts say the next month or so will actually feel like?
Well, the past week spread record cold across the United States. More than 200 million Americans experienced temperatures below freezing. The polar vortex killed at least 23 people and left others with lasting frostbite injuries.
Next comes the thermal whiplash as the bone-chilling cold is expected to melt away through early next week.
As for the rest of winter, temperatures over the next six weeks look about average — if not below average in most of the country, Jones said, nodding in the direction of a bit more winter.
thinking about one groundhog who isn't here to celebrate with us ???????????? pic.twitter.com/1OQbmWKJ3O
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 2, 2019