Sunday Bloody SundayPosted: February 2, 2014
Moreover, today is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil was supposed to let us know that this dreary winter finally is coming to and end (I have referred to Groundhog Day in an earlier posting on this blog (here.))
Well, we are off to a pretty bad start. This morning, at 7:25 a.m., EST, Phil, the world’s most famous weather forecaster, observed his furry shadow and scampered back into his hole, leading to the conclusion that winter will drag on for another six weeks.
And, as by clockwork, the National Weather Service, the one and only weather forecast service in the United States — don’t let weather.com or your local news outlet fool you (read more about the amazing National Weather Service in an earlier posting here) — forecast 5 inches of snow tonight.
Well, as usual, the greater Washington D.C. area will allow itself to be scared by the sensational headlines by the news outlet and without doubt school closings will occur tomorrow, but, as usual, regardless of the weather, the United States Postal Service will continue delivering mail (read more about the United States Postal Service in an earlier posting, here.)
Interestingly, this is the first time ever that Groundhogs Day and the Super Bowl fell on the same day. Perhaps Phil simply retreated to his hole so that he could watch the game, and, so, maybe his forecast was off and tonight marks the last gasp of the 2014 winter season.
One can always hope.
P.S. Phil’s full name is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary. That’s quite a mouthful — even for a Marmota Monax
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