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Bret Burquest

Punxsutawney Phil -- 2015

Posted Monday, February 2, 2015, at 6:18 PM
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  • Can't say I'm too much up on seeing shadows Bret, 'ner what they'd portend weatherwise but, I'd marked your October 20th post on which I linked what *the swots* was a'saying (me, tendin' to stick to the Hillbilly Way - Happy in the Ozarks seeing "lots of fuzzy black caterpillars" an' me going with the persimmon "spoons" I was a'seein' at the time)

    Anyway, I noticed this evening into this mornin' the first *real* snow even after me hedgin' my bets an' buying studded snow tars figuring, as is my wont, *the swots* telling me Global Warming'd have Arkansas lapped by the Gulf of Mexico by now ... which don't 'pear to be much of a danghur as of yet. Despite even the AWM poll of December 29th gettin' me all flared up to go with the 65% of respondents "doing something" to prepare for the forecast.

    (Thayer you might recall was worried they'd not have enough salt. What I's a'meaning is pert near everybody by late October'd gone all haywire - an' kids was countin' on beau coup snowdays. ... To refresh)

    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lzk/?n=winfcst2014.htm

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    Any idee what that Punxsultawney Phil rodent mighta been foreboding - as I see you wrote when they woke him he wuz "a bit grumpy" - far as tornadoes an' such promises for some few weeks in front of now?

    ...

    I see the swots are predictin'

    "We're going to have a lot more tornadoes for the spring season compared to the last couple of years, with it really picking up as we get into April and May in the more traditional areas down south.

    "Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi; will be the focus in the heart of severe weather season."

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    Might be best 'jes let Phil Groundrodent sleep you reckon?

    -- Posted by HDucker on Thu, Feb 5, 2015, at 1:50 AM
  • Statistically, Punxsultawney Phill has been correct only 37 percent of the time -- let the poor rodent sleep.

    Perhaps we should flip a coin instead whereby we would at least be correct 50 percnt of the time.

    BB

    -- Posted by Bret Burquest on Thu, Feb 5, 2015, at 9:08 AM
  • Even a ten year old knows what shadows really mean.

    As they say on NBC News and elsewhere,

    never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

    The following cut and paste story in my mind at least has a kernel of truth.

    Probably enough truth to make the nightly news somewhere.

    I was eating breakfast with my 10-year-old Granddaughter and I asked her, What day is tomorrow?"

    Without skipping a beat she said, "It's Presidents Day!"

    She's smart, so I asked her "What does Presidents Day

    mean?"

    I was waiting for something about Obama, Bush, or Clinton,etc.

    She replied, "Presidents Day is when the President steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow, we have another year of Bullsheet."

    -- Posted by Happy in the Ozarks on Fri, Feb 6, 2015, at 9:36 PM
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