Saturday, February 02, 2008

Punxsutawney Phil Says Six More Weeks of Winter!

'Course, if you live in South Central PA, you wonder if winter ever started at all.

Phil's official forecast as read 2/2/08 at sunrise at Gobbler's Knob:

Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye!

On Gobbler's Knob on this fabulous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008 Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators, Rose to the call of President Bill Cooper and greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.

After casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers, Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll, which proclaimed:
"As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me. Six more weeks of winter it will be!"

Here's Actonbell on last year's Groundhog Day:

And me:

And 3D and Actonbell in their silly hats:

You will note that last year there was a wonderful amount of snow. This year it's just been ice and rain. Yuk.

I believe the Prognostication because I know how much thought and care that rodent puts into his forecast.

Maybe next year AP3 will be able to go with me. She's never seen the hog and all the fun. And believe me, it is fun! Two years ago when my husband Niks and I went up and stayed a couple of days, on the way up to the knob on the school bus, in the middle of the night, in the middle of the winter, in the middle of the woods, I asked him, "How do you rate this as among the craziest things we've ever done?"

He said, "About five I think." Huh? There were four crazier things we've done? That Niks. Four crazier things? Ya think maybe that's the four kids we had?


kenju said...

I am SO disappointed in Phil's prediction this year. I am ready for winter to be over (though we haven't had much of it here yet....LOL)

You guys look right at home in the snow!

lime said...

if phil's prediction gives us fluffy lovely snow i am good with it. if it is more slushy muck i may have to put a hit on him.

Quilldancer said...

Six more weeks of weather in the mid-seventies? I can live with that. :)

Libby said...

i didnt even hear what buckeye chuck said~!! i forgot to check!

ariel said...

I brought milk, cookies and pilloes and are ready to hear about all the four crazier things.

Rachel said...

Good old Phil!! He knows his stuff! He saw his shadow here as well.

I'm late with my Rabbit, Rabbit.

Bela said...

We had an entire year of winter in 2007. A few days of spring and summer will do me fine.

AP3 said...

I'd LOVE to go in 2009! I hope it works out. Chances are pretty good, I'd say.

Hey! Heckdayamean, we 4 kids were crazy-doings???

Lily Strange said...

Phil always looks sort of flummoxed when they drag him out of his burrow.

Peter said...

Sure sounds like fun Lucy.