Critter Alley

Critter Alley

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day 2010

Punxsutawney Phil, looking somewhat startled by all the commotion--Reuters photo

Six more weeks of winter.

That's the verdict from Phil, the hibernating groundhog pulled from deep sleep to give a weather prediction that's probably as accurate as any television weather wizard can give.

As a matter of fact, our local station broadcast the moment of truth "Live". (It is, after all, pretty darn important news) Perhaps weathermen around the world took notes as Phil looked at the crowd and studied current conditions.

He looked reasonably calm, despite the hub-bub that included more men in top hats than seen at a 1950's presidential inaugeration. And after a few minutes of being held up for the viewing pleasure of the crowd, a serious consultation was held between Phil and the hatted heads.

Suddenly the top top-hatter stood tall to read a proclamation that announced, "Six More Weeks of Winter!" A few disappointed observers booed at the news.

Hey folks, don't kill the messenger!

Now Phil's brief day in the sun (literally) is over. He can return to his burrow and snuggle down for a few more weeks of slumber.

H'mmm. Warm and comfy at home? I think Phil's got the right idea.


irishoma said...

Hi Pat,
Great photo of the phogogenic Phil.
He may be predicting six more weeks of winter, but I say, bring on Spring!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We're hoping that Phoenix stays cooler for a while longer! ONce it get in the 80's we're ready to return home to Idaho.
BabyRD & Hootie

BECKY said...

Gee! Rub it in, why don't ya?! :)

Judy said...

Phil says, "Why wake me up to tell you that you already know? It's COLD outside and likely to stay that way!

Twinkietinydog said...

Poor Phil, he was photographed even more than all of us blogger furiends. BOL Six more weeks of this! I'm going to freeze on my heating pad!

Tammy said...

Your post was so cute it took some of the gloom out of the bad news! :D

Life With Dogs said...

There was never any doubt here in Vermont. ;)

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

I bet Phil really enjoyed being dragged out of his burrow to 'predict' the weather,lol!
I think Phil has got it right though (unfortunately), everytime we think it's getting better it gets worse.

nlindabrit said...

As it has been snowing again here in Britain today, I fear Phil is correct!