Today is Groundhog Day and this morning some Groundhogs predicted 6 more weeks of winter while a few others predicted an early spring. Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania’s famous Groundhog, did predict that we will have 6 more weeks of winter while Buckeye Chuck from Ohio and Staten Island Chuck from New York City’s Groundhogs predicted an early spring. However, according to a report by CBS News on Feb. 2, the groundhog from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin didn’t just predict 6 more weeks of winter but he also bit down on the mayor’s ear. This just proves that no one should get too close to a groundhog.
Although the mayor of Sun Prairie did get a little nip on his ear by Jimmy, he did go on to make the announcement that there would be an early spring. However, the mayor was wrong about that because his handler’s told him that Jimmy predicted 6 more weeks of winter, not an early spring after all. According to Fox News, the city later sent out a statement that only the mayor is able to translate the prediction of the groundhog.
With so many groundhogs predicting so many different weather forecasts, this makes it a 50/50 chance of either an early spring or a longer winter since only one groundhog can be right. None of us will really know for sure whether we will have an early spring or not until the time comes when the days start to warm up for a while.
Although most of us have a groundhog to predict an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter, Southern Nevada actually has a desert tortuous by the name of Mojave Max who predicts an early spring or longer winter for them. Although the tortuous is still in brumation, which is the reptile term for hibernation, once he emerges from under his shell, he will make his prediction. There is a contest going on right now which is the 16th year for this contest. The officials of Clark County in Nevada let the schoolchildren guess the date when Max will pop out from under his shell to predict the weather forecast. The earliest Max has ever come out of brumation was on Feb. 14, 2005 and the latest he emerged was on April 17, 2012.