Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s famous weather predicting groundhog, says we are going to have an early spring. We love Punxsutawney Phil’s weather report 2024. Phil is a big deal here in PA. We were surprised to see on our local news, someone from England was in the crowd waiting for Phil’s report. Apparently, Phil has become a worldwide celebrity.
The story goes, if Phil sees his shadow and runs back in his hole, we have 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, we have an early spring. It’s cloudy here in Pa. today. Phil didn’t see his shadow. Good news for those of us who look forward to summer and summer heat. Good news for those who are unable to afford heat, as well.
Phil’s accuracy rate
Phil is not the best at predicting weather. Phil’s accuracy rate sucks. His accuracy is at around 39%. I’m not sure it matters. There’s a celebration occurring, right now, over Phil’s prediction. This celebration is going on since the very early morning, way before daylight. Bands are playing and people are dancing. Phil gives people a day of fun and frolic. In the middle of the doom and gloom of winter, it’s nice to see everyone having a great time.
To all the PETA people having a fit over Phil, get a grip. Phil lives a better life than a lot of Americans. He is spoiled rotten. Fun loving PETA would like to suck the fun right out of Groundhog Day. It’s so unlike them, (sarcasm). PETA would like to see Phil replaced with a gold coin. Sure, Sure, that makes sense, (more sarcasm). Phil is well fed and has a great house. He is much better off than all the groundhogs running around in the wild. He has little fear of falling prey and becoming someone’s meal, or worse, roadkill.
relax weather guessers
To all our weathermen and women/meteorologists, we’re sure your jobs are safe. Phil’s accuracy is even worse than yours. Although, his popularity may be somewhat higher.
you learn something new everyday
Something we didn’t know is that Groundhog day is a religious holiday. Who knew? Maybe not a religious holiday on it’s own, but linked to one. It’s linked to Candlemas. Candlemas, Feb. 2, is the mid point between winter and spring. It’s also the day Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to Temple for rites of purification and dedication.
“When the day came to purify them according to the law of Moses, the couple brought Him up to Jerusalem, so that He could be presented to the Lord, for it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord’” (Lk 2:22-23).https://catholicstraightanswers.com/candlemas-day/
a new reason to love the day
The religious aspect is just a new reason to love February 2 if you didn’t know. The link between Groundhog day and this holiday is a bit of a stretch. Groundhog day really had nothing to do with Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to Temple. Mary was considered unclean until 40 after giving birth. Is there a reference to Groundhog weather prediction in the Bible? No.
a reason for hate
People seem to go out of their way to ruin fun. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that it’s brought up that Groundhog day is connected to religion. It seems that so many go out of their way to ruin religion. Freedom of Religion has take a massive hit, just like Freedom of Speech. There is an assault on religion in this country. The statistics on believers now, compared to say even 20 years ago, is pretty shocking. This is probably linked to all sorts of things, like crime, bullying, etc. etc.. People are not raised to “do unto others”, or be just plain nice. They are not taught the “golden rule.”