February 02, 2006

Six More Weeks of Winter? Bring It On!

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, predicting six more weeks of winter. While in the past this might have been bad news, these days it's good to know that this rash of spring-like weather we've been having in New York will continue to last at least until spring starts.

Here's something that's always made me curious:

According to the Punxsutawney club, Phil saw his shadow for the 95th time. He hasn't seen his shadow 14 times; nine years have no record of the outcome.

So, out of 118 years, P. Punx has seen his shadow over 80% of the time. Since 2000, he's seen his shadow every year. Even though it's all in good fun, for the few people who really do take this kind of thing seriously, don't you think that the phalanx of news cameras, each with big spotlights, might generate enough light to create a shadow? Factor in the giant crowds that assemble for the annual ritual and is it any wonder that a tiny little rodent would scurry back into his burrow time and time again?

Posted by Doug at February 2, 2006 10:33 AM