Yes, today is groundhog day in the US and Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil has given the thumbs up (or would have if he possessed thumbs) to an early spring.
After recent weather that has included freezing cold snaps, fierce tornadoes and then record-breaking seasonal highs, it’s perhaps not surprising that Americans are looking for climatic solace in bizarre places.
So the news that a small, fat, Pennsylvania rodent called Phil has predicted a looming end to winter will perhaps come as a relief.
Yes, it’s Groundhog Day in America. In front of thousands of people at Gobbler’s Knob, a rural area near the small town of Punxsutawney, a group of town elders repeated the famous tradition of consulting the town’s famous groundhog on the prospects of when winter might turn to spring.
To the relief of many, they reported that Phil had emerged from his lair and did not see his shadow – a sign that winter is soon to end. If he had seen his shadow, it would have indicated at least six more weeks of cold weather.
Hope old Phil is right 🙂