Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Groundhog Day

Today was Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow meaning 6 more weeks of winter.

Georgia's Groundhog Predicts Early Spring

He may not be the country's most famous groundhog, but odds are more people will like his prediction. General Beauregard Lee came out of his miniature mansion in Georgia this Groundhog Day and failed to see his shadow. That means we're in for an early spring. It also contradicts what Punxsutawney Phil said in Pennsylvania. Beau has a remarkable 97 percent accuracy rate. General Beauregard Lee has been serving up springtime forecasts for the past 15 years in Lilburn, GA.

N.J. Groundhog Missing
There's no joy in Hunterdon County, N.J., this Groundhog Day because there's no groundhog.
A four-legged weather prognosticator known as J.B. has been missing from its Franklin Township burrow for almost a year. The disappearance of J.B., which stands for Just Because, has led The Eastern Extension of the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge to disband after 15 years of forecasting with marmots. Members would go to the woods in top hats and white robes every Feb. 2 and thump on the ground with sticks to get J.B. to come out. If the groundhog saw its shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. Lodge members have been thumping all summer and fall, but J.B. hasn't surfaced. No one knows what happened to the groundhog.

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Due to the fact that groundhogs normally live only 2 or 3 years, do you think maybe J. B. is dead? The article doesn't say how long he has been forecasting spring's arrival or how old he was when he started forecasting. There are a lot of unanswered questions here.

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