Next week is Groundhog Day. According to legend, if the groundhog (in this case, Punxsutawney Phil) exits his burrow and sees his shadow, he will immediately retreat back into his den, thus predicting another six weeks of winter. Living in Central Florida, I for one am hoping that the rodent sees his shadow. The longer the weather stays cool, the better.
That being said, one has to wonder if P. Phil is actually retreating because he sees his shadow. Think about it. I know if I walked out my front door wearing nothing but my natural fur and saw a large crowd of strange people staring at me, many with cameras pointed in my direction, I’m pretty sure that I would immediately turn around, rush back inside and slam the door.
One last thing. There is no need to sit and wait for the groundhog’s prediction. I can tell you precisely when winter will end. This year winter will be over on March 20th, regardless of whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow.