Thursday, February 2, 2017

Prognostication pandamonium

The populist groundhog aka "Phil" has proclaimed that he has indeed "seen his shadow."   BUT WAIT!  Not so, says New Yorker Chuck...

Good morning, Staten Island Chuck. Credit Amy Lombard for The New York Times.

Good morning on this semi-sunny Thursday.
“Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog,” the rodent’s website says. “The others are just impostors.”

Well, Pennsylvania: We, in New York, politely disagree. Our state is home to several reputable groundhogs (also called whistle pigs or woodchucks) — including Holtsville Hal, Malverne Mel and Dunkirk Dave — but first and foremost is the revered Staten Island Chuck.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday, officials said, prompting a declaration of six more weeks of winter. The groundhog is seen here at the 2013 celebration at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.
Alex Wong/Getty Images 
So there you have it!  2017 and a country divided by the differing views of our rodents and our politicians...

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