Did you know that Punxsutawney Phil is accurate less than half of the time? Yes, it is true. It is estimated Phil’s forecasts have had a mere 39% accuracy rate since they began in 1887 (although data from some early years is missing). One could merely toss a coin and be as accurate as Punxsutawney Phil. However, if you ask the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club they would state that Phil is always correct. What do you think? Is Punxsutawney Phil always correct? Do you watch & listen to his predictions?
Can squirrels predict winter? Well, maybe. Punxsutawney Phil is a squirrel. Groundhogs are squirrels. Groundhogs are one of the largest members of the Sciuridae family, which includes squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, prairie dogs, and more. Did you know that? Maybe, maybe not. It is an interesting true fact.
Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this morning? According to folklore, if he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring comes early. For those of you who love winter, you’re in luck. Today, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we will see six more weeks of winter weather.
I don’t know if you believe groundhogs can predict winter or not. I’m not sure. Spring never begins before March 20th anyway. It would be nice though if the cold dreary days could be over and the clear warmer days could begin sooner. That might only be wishful thinking since it is predicted for us to have six more weeks of the cold winter weather.
This being Groundhog Day, I chose to delight you with my favorite Squirrel photos. Happy Groundhog Day!
Leanne’s Monochrome Madness
Bren’s Mid-Week Monochrome #121
God Bless. Thank you for sharing your time. I appreciate y’all.
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