Was Punxsutawney Phil Right?


With snow all around, Chloe gives me that "crazy groundhog is maybe right" look!

Here we are 18 days removed from February 2nd, a day that is set aside for the infamous “Groundhog Day” prediction. If you aren’t aware of what Groundhog Day is all about, here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

“In North America and Canada, Groundhog Day is derived from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.”  - Wikipedia

So at this year’s 2023 official Groundhog Day - held in Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania - Punxsutawney Phil as he’s so aptly named, came out of his burrow, eyed his shadow, and quickly retreated - signifying six more weeks of winter! 

Well here in the high desert, we were cruising along just fine with a fairly mild winter - when all of sudden just after February 2nd - BAM! Winter is upon us with two snow dustings and severely cold temperatures. So was Punxsutawney Phil right? 

I’ll go out on a limb here, but that old Phil the groundhog had an easy 50-50 chance of guessing it correctly, and he just may have gotten it right this year!

A stop in the park for an early morning selfie

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