Me, and my shadow….

Image: Groundhog handler Ben Hughes

Groundhog handlers watch Punxsutawney Phil, who did not see his shadow predicting an early spring.  Now how do they know he didn’t?  Did they ask him?  Did he comment on the sighting?  Did he even look down in search of it?  Damn if I know!  In reality, rodent Phil doesn’t see much of anything.  The result is actually decided in advance by 14 members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, who don tuxedos and top hats for the event.  Inner circle eh.  That figures.  How does one go about getting into that inner circle?  Resume that includes time at the Weather Channel?

Including Wednesday’s forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn’t seen it just 16 times since 1887, according to this Inner Circle, which runs the event.  The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 winter will last another six weeks and why they chose a groundhog is beyond me.  If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.  Ofcourse of all those sightings the club boasts no accuracy of each.  See ya next year Phillip.

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