Feb 02 2012
Moments ago (at 7:25am EST) Punxsutawney Phil emerged from hibernation, looked for his shadow, saw it(!) and told us we’ll have six more weeks of winter. Amazing… considering how warm it’s been.
Every year Phil’s predictions are preceded by a week of partying and fireworks, and accompanied by much fanfare and ceremony. Thousands attend the celebrations in person and by webcam. It’s a formal occasion for Phil’s Inner Circle who wear bowties, top hats, greatcoats and gloves.
The gloves are useful. Yes, it can be cold — it was 8 degrees in 2004 — but there’s a second reason.
Sometimes Phil is grumpy when he wakes up and it’s better for all concerned that he nip a glove instead of a hand.
I’m with ya, Phil. I’m grumpy, too, before my first cup of coffee.
(photo of Punxsutawney Phil from the Groundhog Day website. Click on the image to visit Phil’s website and read all about him.)
p.s. No one had to wear gloves today. Phil was not grumpy, but some folks in the crowd were quite grumpy about his prediction!