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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:21 AM

Groundhog Day 2013: 'Punxsutawney Phil' Predicts Early Spring

Source: ABC

An early spring is on the way, according to groundhog "Punxsutawney Phil."

When the Pennsylvania groundhog emerged from his dwelling at Gobbler's Knob Saturday morning, he did not see his shadow.

"And so ye faithful, there is no shadow to see, an early Spring for you and me," proclaimed Bob Roberts, one of Phil's handlers

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/groundhog-day-2013-punxsutawney-phil-sees-shadow-predicts/story?id=18382344



I have jonquils in my yard and it is freezing cold. Old timers used jonquils to predict early spring as well. Great News! Especially for us with aching bones. Love and Peace. lmsp

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Reply Groundhog Day 2013: 'Punxsutawney Phil' Predicts Early Spring (Original post)
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 OP
AlbertCat Feb 2013 #1
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #3
Ter Feb 2013 #5
AlbertCat Feb 2013 #6
chuckstevens Feb 2013 #2
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #4
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #8
hobbit709 Feb 2013 #7
Robb Feb 2013 #10
tridim Feb 2013 #26
Drunken Irishman Feb 2013 #33
appleannie1 Feb 2013 #9
LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #14
SemperEadem Feb 2013 #20
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #11
CrispyQ Feb 2013 #31
cantbeserious Feb 2013 #12
DinahMoeHum Feb 2013 #13
LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #15
SemperEadem Feb 2013 #19
LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #24
CTyankee Feb 2013 #34
SemperEadem Feb 2013 #42
CTyankee Feb 2013 #43
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #16
onehandle Feb 2013 #17
SemperEadem Feb 2013 #18
iandhr Feb 2013 #21
SemperEadem Feb 2013 #22
BumRushDaShow Feb 2013 #23
CrispyQ Feb 2013 #25
slackmaster Feb 2013 #28
tridim Feb 2013 #27
slackmaster Feb 2013 #29
alp227 Feb 2013 #30
Beacool Feb 2013 #32
VA_Jill Feb 2013 #35
bitchkitty Feb 2013 #36
Brigid Feb 2013 #37
RebelOne Feb 2013 #38
Figaro78 Feb 2013 #39
littlemissmartypants Feb 2013 #40
LanternWaste Feb 2013 #45
LongTomH Feb 2013 #46
Princess Turandot Feb 2013 #41
Kennah Feb 2013 #44

Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:25 AM

1. Predicts Early Spring

Well....since we're ALREADY having spring weather....

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:27 AM

3. I know some places are...but

for me last night was a triple nightgown night. It is sad when you have to dress in layers to sleep. Love and Peace. lmsp

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:29 AM

5. Not here in East Coast

 

21 degrees now.

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Response to AlbertCat (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:34 AM

6. You guys!

Brrrrrrrrrrr...... I know it's cold, but what I refer to is that blast of deep dipping arctic air hitting warm moist gulf air creating a squall line from Indiana to Mississippi.... not the lov-er-ly late spring weather we are looking forward to.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:25 AM

2. Yeah So Do Others

Forget the groundhog, leading scientist are predicting a permanent Spring if climate change keeps accelerating.

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Response to chuckstevens (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:29 AM

4. I was reading anthropology this morning and

you know how history repeats... so do weather states and we are already in a "new" one for sure. Love and Peace. lmsp

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:39 AM

8. Look Familiar to any one?

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:38 AM

7. Here's Wiley's take on it.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:50 AM

10. Nails it.

No need this year to really break out the snow shovel in Denver, much less the snowblower. Astounding.

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Response to Robb (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:51 AM

26. Second year in a row with no winter in KC.

It used to snow like crazy here. We also used to have tornados.

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Response to Robb (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:00 PM

33. That is so bizarre. I'm in SLC, just over the Rockies, and it has been a brutal winter.

Maybe the worst I've experienced here. We've had weeks of single digit temps, sometimes breaking into the negatives and a shit-load of snow. A few weeks ago, we got about two-feet and it's still piled up out there.

I took this the other day:


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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:49 AM

9. It is snowing on Gobbler's Knob so of course he didn't see his shadow. He is also mad as

hell about being dragged out his climate controlled home in the mall, carried up a windy hill, stuffed in a frigid box and then rudely dragged out of that and held aloft in temps in the teens just so a bunch of crazies have an excuse to get drunk.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:29 AM

14. I hope he poops on the mayor

a fitting statement

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:02 AM

20. thank you

one day, that rodent is going to open up a can of whoop ass on the idiot who sticks his hand in and pulls him out.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:51 AM

11. My take away from all the ceremony?:


"Don't drive angry"



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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:50 PM

31. Love that movie!



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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 08:56 AM

12. Hooray - Let The Snow Melt Now!

eom

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:15 AM

13. Happy Candlemas, everyone!

We're at the midpoint of the winter season.

And, AFAIC, once February (the shortest month) passes, winter is practically over.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:30 AM

15. It may technically be the shortest month

but it feels like three long months rolled together.



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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #15)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:01 AM

19. doesn't it?

I always say that February is the longest month of the year... the complete dead of winter.

We're getting another round of snow this afternoon... so winter's still in command of the mid atlantic.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:25 AM

24. Yup, snow here in Maryland too

After the warm winter last year, I'd almost forgotten what it looked like.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #19)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 02:08 PM

34. This year it seems like January was the worst. I thought it would never end.

Unless it snows like crazy, it can't be as long as Jan.

One thing about March that I aways used to dread was that we'd get a last snowstorm toward the end of the month. It screwed up air travel and had us frantically shovelling snow once again, even tho the snow didn't last very long.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #34)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:56 AM

42. when I was growing up in Missouri

I remember one April where we got 12 inches of snow... it was one of those thunder and lightening kinds of snow storms... probably was 70 degrees two days later.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #42)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:43 AM

43. I always wondered how you could get thunder and lightening with snow. It never made

any sense to me...

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #13)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:44 AM

16. Thank you...the longest day has passed

and allergy season is just around the corner. AhhhhChoo. Love and Peace. lmsp

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:48 AM

17. Global warming has made the captive rodent irrelevant. nt

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:00 AM

18. Spring rolls through on March 21st every single year

one doesn't need to pull a groundhog out from its slumber to make that prediction. One can walk out into the open and see if they see their own shadow--it'll be made by the same sun that a groundhog uses to see his/hers.

Climate change can tell you that warm temperatures may become evident earlier than it should. Last winter, the daytime highs were never below freezing once... The winter before that, we had a winter like we're having now. The winter before that, we had the snowpocalypse trains running over us.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:09 AM

21. We have had winter here? It was 58 in NYC a few day ago

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Response to iandhr (Reply #21)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:15 AM

22. dig it...

the week before, the high was around 20 something for about 4 days. Then in two days, the high was in the 60's. Two days later, it was back in the 30's.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:46 AM

23. My sister's snowdrops are up and about to bloom

They usually don't come out until at least mid-February! My Mom has had hosta nubs showing all winter so far.

This morning, the Punxatawney club's announcer said it was 8F there.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:41 AM

25. Watching "Groundhog Day" on TV right now.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #25)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:00 PM

28. I Got You Babe

 

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:52 AM

27. One of my favorite holidays thanks to Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot.

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Response to tridim (Reply #27)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:00 PM

29. I always enjoy it, because it's the day before my birthday

 

I'll be 55 tomorrow.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:46 PM

30. he should've come out with this sign

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 01:20 PM

32. Pretty darn cold in NJ right now.

So I hope that the little critter is right. On the other hand, I'm not looking forward to temperatures in the high 90s in summer. Do they have a flamingo or gator that can predict whether the summer is going to be unusually hot?



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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:12 PM

35. In Wisconsin

where I grew up, we always hoped the groundhog (in this case Jimmy the Groundhog, who lives in Sun Prairie) would see his shadow because that meant ONLY 6 more weeks of winter. Now I live in the Shenandoah Valley of VA and we have snowdrops and snow crocuses blooming here.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:35 PM

36. Sunshiny and breezy down my way!

I love this but don't allow myself to get too happy. This is Oregon. It will rain.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 03:39 PM

37. 29 here in Indy.

We had a little snow today, maybe half an inch. It's been cold here this winter, but still not like I remember as a kid. And least year I wore a short-sleeved green T-shirt to the St. Patrick's Day parade and a little sunburned on my arms.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:01 PM

38. I hope the groundhog is wrong.

Early spring means early summer. I hate, hate, hate summer. Keep the cold weather here a while longer.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:24 AM

39. <sigh> How long...

 

before this senseless, childish crap fades away.

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Response to Figaro78 (Reply #39)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:33 AM

40. I heard

a republican in a top hat say we are going to have to pry the groundhog from his cold dead hands... could be a while. Love and Peace. lmsp

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Response to Figaro78 (Reply #39)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 06:40 PM

45. It's benign, it's harmless and it's fun for a lot of people.

It's benign, it's harmless and it's fun for a lot of people.

I can certainly understand why someone may want to see that gone... sigh, part II

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #45)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 09:31 PM

46. Yeah, we need more harmless fun, really!

Too often, we get deadly serious about everything.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 10:34 AM

41. Staten Island Chuck agrees....

The city is due for an early spring according to Staten Island Chuck, who did not see his shadow - or old rival Mayor Bloomberg - Saturday morning.

Chuck entered the pantheon of famous weather rodents in 2009 when he bit Bloomberg.

Some cute photos in the article:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/groundhog-staten-island-chuck-predicts-early-spring-article-1.1253801#ixzz2Jqn5KPgh


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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:13 AM

44. Honey Badger says, "Fuck you, Phil!"

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