Saturday, February 02, 2008

Groundhogs Mostly United In Early Spring Prediction

Chicago area Groundhogs from Woodstock and Brookfield Zoo are united in the fact that winter is over. In agreement are their fellow rodents from Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Georgia. The sole holdouts at this time are Birmingham, Alabama, and that most famous groundhog of all, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, who both predicts 6 more weeks of winter. For those who care to keep count, Canada's National Post is hosting a roundup of groundhog results.

Based on the fact that the Chicago groundhogs are in agreement, and that Georgia's General Lee--who boasts not only a high accuracy rate but several honorary doctoral degrees, we are confident that winter is through.

With such good news, I now have the strength to bundle up, put on my boots, and finish getting rid of several inches of snow that we didn't bother shovelling yesterday. I also won't be packing away the wool sweaters just yet--after all, sometimes Spring can be very, very chilly!

Happy Groundhogs Day!


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