It's only two days away until the first day of spring--probably my favorite season of the year. But where are the birds chirping, flowers blooming, and warm, sunny days? They've currently been replaced with snow in New Jersey.
I thought Puxsutawney Phil had forecasted an early spring! What is taking so long? Why more snow?
Since I'm clearly longing for spring and sick of this snow business, I Googled "how many times has Punxsutawney Phil been right?". Yes, I really did Google this. I stumbled upon some interesting results...
According to http://www.groundhog.org/groundhog-day/groundhog-news/about-groundhog-day/--Phil's predictions have been accurate 100% of the time. I find, however, it a little hard to believe anything from a website that promotes a groundhog club and groundhog souvenirs including groundhog cookie cutters, groundhog travel mugs, Groundhog Brew Coffee (Phil's Blend), and groundhog day hot sauce. Clearly, I've spent a good deal of time on this website.
Continuing my research in hopes of a more accurate source, I found that according to http://earthsky.org/earth/groundhog-day-2013-how-accurate-is-punxsutawney-phil, Punxsutawney Phil has only been correct approximately 39% of the time. Just as I expected. I had my hopes up for weeks, only to be let down by old Phil.
Even though my favorite parts of spring may not arrive just yet, I am going to try and enjoy the snow nonetheless. It's actually a pretty beautiful sight outside right now. The roads are lined with a dusting of fluffy snow. No one has driven down my street all night, so it's a pretty undisturbed, peaceful sight.
If we're in for a little more wintry weather, I may be okay with that...only if it brings us a delayed opening tomorrow morning! I could use a few extra hours of sleep.
Until then, I'm still awaiting spring! And still holding a grudge against Phil!