Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow

  Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow

The News You’ve Been Waiting For

It’s February 2nd, and you know what that means.  Today we found out if spring is near, or is the harsh many are experiencing to continue for six more weeks?

A drum roll please!  Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, spring is on the way!  This was confirmed at New York’s Staten Island Zoo when fellow groundhog ‘Staten Island Chuck’ did not see his shadow either.

Parts of the U.S. have seen extreme highs and lows in the last few weeks.  That includes those of us who live in Reno.  For a couple of weeks we were in  the single digits at night, and never hit a high of 30 in the daytime.  Most of the snow stayed to our west in the mountains, we, on the valley floor only received the cold.  This week we are in the mid to high 50’s during the daytime.

There is certainty that those who live in the Midwest, East, and South will welcome spring.  From heavy snowfall and icy roads to tornados, winter can leave soon.

The tradition of having Punxsutawney Phil predict the future weather goes back to medieval times.  There was a superstition that all hibernating animals came out to check the weather half way between the winter solstice in December, and the vernal equinox in March.  If the animals saw their shadow, they would know winter would last for 6 more weeks, and they could go back to sleep.

Whether you believe in Phil’s prognostication or not, for all of us who live in a winter climate, this is the time of year spring is quite appealing.  We begin to look forward to our bare trees sprouting leaves, to the first blooms on our flowering plants, and storms bringing gentle rain instead of snowflakes.

Of course when reality comes, and I’m back to mowing lawns and pulling weeds I remember what my grandfather said, “be careful what you wish for”.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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