Groundhog's Day, 2012

By: EarlB , 12:12 PM GMT on February 02, 2012

Dateline Feb. 2, 2012 7:05 am EGT (Eastern Groundhog Time)
The Amos Stoltzfus farm, suburban Metompkin, VA

Somewhere out here there is a groundhog! After some intense
observation, my longtime prognosticator, Metompkin Max, (he
and his entire family (including Max Jr., the current active
forecaster)) are nowhere to be found. It's not urban flight
(believe me, Metompkin, VA is NOT urban), it's not that the
family isn't happy with their "digs" (this isn't a pun, their
home is paw dug!), the groundhog hollow was newly remodeled
this summer.

My theory is that it's Global Warming! Okay, okay, to be
politically correct, climate-change-for-the-warmer. How can
a groundhog predict the END of winter when it doesn't seem
to have started?? There have been too many shirtsleeve days
since December 22, why even Santa changed from sleigh runners
to wheels well north of our our area. And just the other day
I saw a skein of geese flying not in the usual "V", but in a
well-formed Question Mark! I swear!

Though I don't feel the least bit comfortable in saying this,
when I look around for the groundhog's shadow, I see...

NO Shadow! Winter is OVER! (Winter??, give me a break!
It was 70 yesterday!!)

Please come home Max!

Your humble stand-in groundhog - Happy Candlemas y'all!

Candlemas 2012 (EarlB)
Looking for Max!
Candlemas 2012

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1. larrybliv
1:08 PM GMT on February 14, 2012
hey Earlb,

i have a slightly different take on this... beavers! yes,they are moving south and destroying ancient cypress trees along rivers as the come... signs that it's not getting warmer, its getting colder! look for evidence of beavers, who i believe, pushed our friends, the Ground Hogs, out of their homes.... take a stand for GHs. we love them and don't want them hurt by beavers.

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