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Morning Poll: Six More Weeks of Winter?

by ARLnow.com February 2, 2012 at 9:46 am 2,532 24 Comments

This morning, on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil was rudely awoken from his slumber and asked to predict the weather.

Phil saw his shadow — meaning that, according to tradition, there will be six more weeks of winter. Given the mild winter so far, would you mind six weeks of cold, wintry weather before the start of spring?

  • Lou

    We haven’t even started winter yet from what I can tell.

  • Ted

    Here is a way to win a bet every year on February 2nd – Phil almost always sees his shadow except when it’s snowing and the snowfall is moderate to heavy.

    In the real NE United States the temps will be moderate through next week.

    • drax

      “Phil almost always sees his shadow except when it’s snowing and the snowfall is moderate to heavy.”

      Funny how seeing a shadow is a function of whether the sun is out.

  • Nature owes me a real winter in DC! I want snow! #firstworldproblems

    • nunya


      • South Awwwlington

        I am with the snow peeps!

    • JamesE

      We have had enough of that the past two years to last a lifetime, no thanks!

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Amen, JamesE!

  • nunya

    Did Arlington Al see his brown flip flops today?

  • G Clifford Prout

    I just LOVE that name, Gobbler’s Knob!!!

    • Tabs

      I bet you do.

      • G Clifford Prout

        Something just moved. In my pants.

  • y8s

    Nothing like a corny old tradition to determine how nature will behave.

  • jslanger

    It is a cute tradition. One thing I’ve never understood–how do they “tell” if the dang groundhog saw his shadow? Of course, growing up in AZ, 6 more weeks of winter just meant more days in the 60s usually 🙂

  • Shaun

    My hope is that winter is saving all of its power and fury for one massive burst in the end of February–enough to shut the area down for a week or so, but not so much that we lose power.

    • jslanger

      Given the track record in this region, I think that those two are likely to be mutually exclusive…

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Ain’t that the truth, jslanger!

  • Arlingtonian

    I’ve always wanted to go up to Punxsutawney and see that groundhog. I feel bad for him though, getting yanked out of his nice warm slumber and held up in front of a bunch of screaming people. No wonder he occasionally bites the handler.

    • M

      I’d like to see Punxsutawney Dr. Phil – a groundhog-therapist who comes out, sees his shadow, then tells everybody to quite whining and take some responsibility for getting through the winter.

      • Tabs

        With a Mrs. Phil groundhog sitting in the audience with that stupid look on her face.

  • Civic Activist

    We need to start a new tourist-oriented tradition in Arlington: instead of seeing if a groundhog see its shadow, we should watch whether one of Arlington’s rats sees its shadow as it forages for food at high noon.

  • Ren

    In the right spirit of ARLNow and these forums…

    Wouldn’t it be a tradition where we watch to see if the tourist can see its shadow, based on how extensive construction of apartments and office buildings has been since the previous ‘Tourist-hog Day’?!

    Disclaimer: I heart Arlington, perpetually.

  • susan

    Ted, you’re correct. Only years that Phil hasn’t ‘seen’ his shadow was when it was snowing.

    But what are they gonna let Phil do? Whether he sees or does not see his shadow winter is gonna drag on for 6 more weeks in NW Pennsylvania.

  • YTK

    Phil is a Phake. No bunions.


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