Monday, February 02, 2009

Forget the Steelers- Its Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day! Yep, its that quirky holiday again that was brought to us by German Catholic immigrants to Pennsylvania many moons ago when all eyes are on a woodchuck (aka groundhog, whistling pig, eastern marmot) and his prediction on whether winter will last for another 6 weeks. Over in Western PA hungover Super Bowl revelers waited for the most famous ground hog of them all, Punxsutawney Phil to see if he could see his shadow-guaranteeing more winter-or not see his shadow guaranteeing an early spring. And despite some heavy lobbying from Al Gore, Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow so don't put away those shovels just yet! Its shaping up again to be quite another winter back east and throughout many other parts of the country as well. Not sure the groundhog can take much credit for any of it though. Winter happens. And I'm sure that even with all the doom and gloom climate change fear mongers and the industry as usual climate change deniers spewing plenty of hot air- winter will continue to happen. Okay, Phil- go back to sleep-you're not missing much-unless you can predict whether the 1 trillion dollar stimulus bill will pass. But , I think for that we'll need to find your cousin Porkbarrelspending Swill to Make that prediction!
(photo- Phil's Washington cousin, Cadymeadows Jill wondering if it will be another 6 months of winter in the high Cascades).

1 comment:

Kendall said...


There is a really interesting article in the latest edition of Sky and Telescope about the Sun and it's relationship to climate. As someone who has always doubted Co2's ability to change the climate (at least in catastrophic ways), I have always held to the Sun being at least partly culpable in the warming trend of resent yore. Since you seem interested in climate might be worth checking out.