Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day Prediction 2011 – It Was …

Obvious fake press shot of Punxsutawney Phil coming out of his hole to predict Spring

Obvious fake press shot of Phil shadow checking

As an update to our recent post on Groundhog Day, one of the leading groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted there would be an early spring this year.

Punxsutawney Phil, a national groundhog forecasting figure, is often pictured in the papers and the news as coming out of his groundhog hole, looking around and seeing if he sees his shadow, which is one of his key data points (his only one, come to think of it) that he uses for his professional spring forecast.

This is actually all a bunch of phony news media hype stuff.  The weather was awful on Groundhog Day this year and no intelligent groundhog, especially one of Phil’s stature, is going to come out in such miserable weather.  Just look at the obviously faked, poor quality press photo above and you’ll know what I mean.

No, the modern GF’s (groundhog forecasters) are a lot smarter about the whole thing.  Hidden away in their warm groundhog home offices below ground, they just log on to the internet to see what the weather is doing before making their forecast.  I have on good authority that Phil typically checks www.weather.com and enters his groundhog hole zip code to gather the essential data he needs for his forecast.

Then he just posts his forecast on his website and pretty much calls it a day.

So that’s how it’s done these days.  Yes, the  internet has really changed everything and it’s hard to see some of the old pre-internet traditions die.  On the other hand, it looks like a favorable prediction for an early spring, so we’ll just focus on that good piece of news and worry about tradition later.

Yes, we’ll conclude by looking on the bright side, so to speak.

Here’s to an early spring in your neck of the woods – J. Daniel

2 Responses to “Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day Prediction 2011 – It Was …”

  1. Peter Wright says:

    I won’t say that this post was a well researched bunch of facts, or that I found it on AOL in case you think I am a robotic spammer or something.

    Please send your spammers to my blog, they seem much more refined than the purveyors of undesirable adult material and rip-off artists who infest mine.

    In the interests of brevity,I’ll get to the point which is that for 110 million people in 26 of your states and 5 of our provinces, Groundhog day was expected to be the worst day of this winter.

    So I think it’s a bit unfair of you, writing from the warmth of Florida, to mention the words “early spring” in any context.

    Despite that, as always I enjoyed your posts and learned something new.

    Thank you.

  2. J. Daniel says:

    Fair points on both counts, Peter, and thanks for the comments. And I’m totally sympathetic on the cold weather – I was shoveling snow at my house in Illinois just two winters ago and my driveway kept getting longer while I was doing it – don’t know how that’s possible, actually. Could be material to do some more research for another post (chuckle). Stay warm.

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