Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring
Aside from it being the day of "the big game" it is also Groundhog Day which is where we base how much longer is left of winter on whether or not a groundhog sees it's shadow...but what does it all mean?
I have always been confused by Groundhog's Day because how can we just blindy trust an old groundhog and why aren't there other factors considered. I'm sorry but we are not in Pawnee, Indiana and our lives are not just one long episode of Parks and Rec.
What if it's just not particularly sunny that day? Of course there would be no shadow.
Anywas, MLive broke it all down and actually said the real meaning behind what groundhogs like Punxsutawney Phil sees or doesn't see on days like today actually do get a secondhand analysis.
Today, Phil did not see his shadow which usually means we can expect an early spring which his handler argues he is always 100% accurate but Phil's human associates interpret "the prognostication" for the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary which comes to about 65% accuracy.
So basically it is just another one of those traditions we use to give us a shred of hope about spring but the non-superstitious, cynics in a lot of us know to take it all with a grain of salt.
Make sure to keep your winter coats, mittens and ice scrapers still handy, friends. If a groundhog told you to jump off a bridge, would you do it?