Updated on Wednesday*:
February 6, 2014
I believe I may have had an epiphany last Sunday
night while watching the rain change over to snow, then back to rain,
then back to snow, over and over, ad nauseam. Sunday was Groundhog Day,
and while the official spring prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil of
Pennsylvania, saw his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter, French
Creek Freddie, who lives in West Virginia, did not see his shadow, which
should mean Spring is nigh.
This was the shining moment of thought! I am
beginning to think that perhaps when a groundhog sees his shadow on
Groundhog Day, he might just bask in the sunshine for a while and think
that Spring is here already, rather than being “scared of his shadow.”
If instead, the groundhog pokes his head out of his
hole and sees rotten, rainy/snowy weather, he probably crawls back down
the hole to his warm bed of leaves and hay, and decides he will just
take a leisurely six-week nap before he pokes his nose out again.
Perhaps we have been reading this wrong the whole
time. The groundhogs are telling us the right thing and we
are simply reversed on the meaning!
Someday, I will look up the statistics on these
predictions and see if there is a correlation to actual Spring arrival.
There was more snow overnight on Sunday in some
places of Calhoun County than in others, and minor flooding
in some areas where there was more rain than snow.
As of this writing, the forecast is calling for an
inch of rain overnight, and that is not a good thing. With all of the
snow already on the ground, and
including the fact that some of the ground is still frozen, I expect
there to be some flooding on Wednesday.
This bad weather is starting to cost me in
sunflower seeds. The word, evidently, is out among the songbirds that
there is food to found in our holler. Oh, well, we are glad to supply it
for them in return for the privilege of watching them cavort and fight
and trill their songs to us, as we fill the feeders.
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