Groundhog Day

Seems we’ve been here before … and before … and before …

The calendar says it’s February 2nd, Groundhog Day. It’s prediction day regarding how much longer winter will be, or how soon spring will arrive. Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous furry prognosticator of winter, predicted spring is just around the corner. For those emerging from the polar vortex, it is a well-received prediction. A few other groundhogs elsewhere saw their shadows, indicating another six weeks of winter. By coincidence, spring arrives in six weeks.

Will it be more winter?

In Colorado, March is the snowiest month with record snowfalls. The past few years, not so much, mostly due to a drought cycle in the west.

Or, will it be an early spring?

The American Robin, the first indicator of spring will begin arriving in the days ahead. The earliest of arrivals are those who winter over. The larger group of robins, arriving in March, will be those who have migrated from southern New Mexico or northern Mexico.

Traditionally, if the weather on February 2nd is bright and sunny, winter’s snow and frost would continue until the hiring of laborers six weeks later (vernal equinox) to prepare and plant the fields. If the weather is dark and cloudy, warmth and early rains will lead to an early thaw of the fields.

Today is sunny and bright, and warm, in Colorado. Will winter continue? The omen says it will. So does the private weather forecast.

Living in Colorado requires always being ready for snow. The snow shovel will continue to stand ready. And, the front-end shovel on the Kubota.

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Again

Winter returned overnight, bringing with it freezing drizzle and fog and much colder temperatures. After depositing a veneer of ice, it has been mix of light snow and fog since then. The snow hasn’t been overwhelming, leaving only a dusting.

cold conditions: a light dusting but no birdies

It must be cold. The local groundhog, residing at the zoo, didn’t bother to check for his shadow. Perhaps he remained in his burrow where it is warm. Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, has predicted another six weeks of winter – which interestingly coincides with the arrival of the spring in six weeks.

Today’s brush with winter is a one-day affair. By the weekend, it’ll be sunny with temperatures warming back into the 50s and 60s.

Easy Like Sunday

After three days of dreary overcast and snow, Maxie rediscovers the golden glow of the morning sun …

 

 

The return of sunny skies were much welcomed. Taking in much sun as possible is a priority with snow and cold forecasted to return on Tuesday, for the remainder of the week.

A certain groundhog in Pennsylvania said winter will last another six weeks. Our question, is that a national forecast or a local one?

Groundhog Day

The forecast has been made. It will be an early spring as Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and did not see his shadow. The media outlets, however, did not ask if any of the meterologists and climatologists at the National Weather Service saw their shadow.

Will it be another six weeks of winter …

 

… or an early spring?

 

We’ll have to wait and see.

The cats, though, do not make weather forecasts. They have other things to do …