Phil’s official forecast as read 2/2/08 at sunrise at Gobbler’s Knob:
Here Ye! Here Ye! Here Ye!
On Gobbler’s Knob on this fabolous Groundhog Day, February 2nd, 2008 Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators, Rose to the call of President Bill Cooper and greeted his handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.
After casting a weathered eye toward thousands of his faithful followers, Phil consulted with President Cooper and directed him to the appropriate scroll, which proclaimed:
"As I look around me, a bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me. Six more weeks of winter it will be!"
BOOS?!?! DID WE HEAR BOOS!?
According to some people on the scene, as soon as the prediction for more winter was announced, there was a smattering of boos. Of course, most likely there were very few skiers and snowboarders in that crowd!
Phil’s handlers removed him from his stump-shaped shelter on a stage in Punxsutawney at 7:27 a.m. local time. They then said Phil saw his shadow. The forecast elicited some boos from the crowd gathered to await the 122nd annual weather prediction.
Punxsutawney Phil and his predecessors have seen their shadows 97 times, or about 80 percent of the time, since 1887, according to the Groundhog Club, which conducts the annual event atop Gobbler’s Knob. Only 15 times has the Punxsutawney groundhog not seen his shadow, including last year, while another nine results weren’t recorded, the club said.
Since he saw his shadow…will play along and say, "Okay there will be six more weeks of winter."
Hey, I have a question. Isn’t it February 2nd? Yes. Yes it is. Let’s see, a few early closing ski areas will close up around March 15th, and others will ski and ride until April 6th. So as far as I can tell, we have 8 or 9 weeks of Winter left.
So here it is folks:
"Hear ye, hear ye. Banner Elk Bubba, the seer of all things within rodentsville, the knower of all things underground, says that there will be NINE more weeks of winter."
WHO NEEDS THAT OTHER RODENT ANYWAY…?
Enjoy your day…
Until Next time…
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