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Punxsutawney Phil Says Six More Weeks of Winter
Animaltracks.com ^ | 2 February 2012 | Amy DiLuna

Posted on 02/02/2012 8:18:47 AM PST by Vigilanteman

Yes!

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club made their decree Thursday morning in central Pennsylvania: Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and there'll be six more weeks of winter. The announcement was met with boos from the enormous crowd gathered in Punxsutawney.

Folks in the East and elsewhere gave a collective shrug, as temperatures have been unseasonably warm. "But it's the winter we've been having, so that's like spring anyway," said Matt Lauer on TODAY after the news broke.

"The daffodils are already in bloom in NW Mississippi," wrote Jackie Barnes Garrett

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KEYWORDS: 6weeks; phil; punxsutawney; winter
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1 posted on 02/02/2012 8:18:53 AM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

What winter is that? Mosquitoes in Houston are going to be miserable this year.


2 posted on 02/02/2012 8:21:46 AM PST by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: Vigilanteman

What winter?


3 posted on 02/02/2012 8:22:06 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Vigilanteman
Our weatherman was distraught.

"Everyone pays attention to the big fat rat and no one pays attention to the weatherman".

Too funny!!

4 posted on 02/02/2012 8:22:40 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: MestaMachine

Tell me about it. I have 13 more brush piles to burn and snow make it a hell of a lot easier to do so. Now I’ll have to use a rake and fill as many bottles with water as I can. A major PitA.


5 posted on 02/02/2012 8:24:03 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Vigilanteman

I was eating lunch on the 20th of February with my 8-year-old grandson
and I asked him, “What day is tomorrow?”
He said “It’s President’s Day!”

He is a smart kid. So, I asked “What does President’s Day mean?”
I was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln etc.

He replied, “President’s Day is when President Obama steps out of the
White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of
unemployment.”


6 posted on 02/02/2012 8:24:28 AM PST by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Vigilanteman

It’s only Groundhog Day and I already smell defeat for the GOP. Just reading the threads here on FreeRepublic it’s pretty obvious that Mitt has a full-court press going to maximize the impact of his Florida victory.

Santorum is going to hang around. Newt can’t close the deal.

4 more years of economic winter.


7 posted on 02/02/2012 8:25:23 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Lovin winter this year in Michigan.


8 posted on 02/02/2012 8:25:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Vigilanteman

Winter would be nice. We have had spring weather all “winter” here and no snow cover at all ATM.


9 posted on 02/02/2012 8:29:47 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: Doogle

Smart grandson and smart kids who educated him early.


10 posted on 02/02/2012 8:34:58 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: MestaMachine

The winter you are going to call down upon us all by mocking it with that statement. For some reason, it always packs its biggest punch in February here in SW Pennsylvania.


11 posted on 02/02/2012 8:37:56 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Sudetenland

Mosquitoes nothing! It was 86 here in Florida yesterday and the pollen is already coating our cars. We haven’t seen a lick of cold weather for more than a couple of days.


12 posted on 02/02/2012 8:38:23 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Vigilanteman
For some reason, it always packs its biggest punch in February here in SW Pennsylvania.

In a mild winter Lake Erie stays unfrozen and the February Arctic blast pastes you with snow. In a cold winter the Lake freezes over and doesn't soften the Arctic chill, so you are screwed either way.

13 posted on 02/02/2012 8:41:40 AM PST by palmer (Before reading this post, please send me $2.50)
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To: Vigilanteman
Six more weeks? Dang it! I'm tired of this cold weather.

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14 posted on 02/02/2012 8:41:40 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Vigilanteman

Well, I miss the snow and stuff so if it comes, I will accept full responsibility.


15 posted on 02/02/2012 8:42:54 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Vigilanteman

I saw their weather forecast. If he saw his shadow it was because they had a spotlight on him.


16 posted on 02/02/2012 8:55:02 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Vigilanteman

With all the TV lights, camera flashes Phil will always cast a shadow - they’ve ruined any pretext the tradition once held.


17 posted on 02/02/2012 8:58:34 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Vigilanteman

Always seems like the worst of winter, in terms of precipitaiton, happens when the prevailing winter weather pattern begins to shift to the spring pattern.

I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. That’s when we get the big coastal storms that can potentially drop a lot of snow or rain, depending on where the freezing temperature “line” is drawn.


18 posted on 02/02/2012 8:59:29 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Vigilanteman

How exactly does this Punxsutawney Phil thing work?
I was listening to the radio this morning at 4:55 am and they announced that Punxsutawney Philhad seen his shadow. How is that possible? The sun wasn’t even up yet.


19 posted on 02/02/2012 9:36:23 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Winter, what winter?


20 posted on 02/02/2012 9:44:33 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Sudetenland

Now is the time to invest in pesticides.


21 posted on 02/02/2012 9:45:02 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Sudetenland

Now is the time to invest in pesticides.


22 posted on 02/02/2012 9:45:18 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Sudetenland

Now is the time to invest in pesticides.


23 posted on 02/02/2012 9:45:40 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Sudetenland

Now is the time to invest in pesticides.


24 posted on 02/02/2012 9:45:58 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: BuffaloJack
I've actually attended the silly event twice, in person. The first was because my youngest daughter and her best high school friend were going to cut senior class and drive up there. Dad couldn't bare the thought of two recently licensed drivers venturing out on potentially icy roads at four a.m. So I volunteered to drive them.

Second year, another daughter was taking a semester off college to work and a college friend invited them up. Roads weren't bad that year, but Mom wanted to go along, so what else could Dad do?

Anyway, it is quite a circus. The town does a wonderful job of getting the incoming traffic parked in various satellite lots around the area. They then shuttle the crowd to the Gobbler's Knob site in time for the big event.

While waiting for the sun to rise, the local service organizations make a lot of money selling hot drinks plus a limited menu of hot food and souveniers to the crowd. They play peppy music and, in one section of the field, the local college kids (mostly Indiana University of Pennsylvania) get mildly drunk and rowdy to the amusement of the rest of the crowd which is well-behaved.

About 20 minutes or so before sunrise, the local dignataries march to the podium to open up the event. There are a few short entertaining speeches and, promply at the appointed sunrise time, one dignatary pulls the groundhog from his hole (actually a carefully prepared dark portable hutch brought to the location) while the others decide if he witnesses his shadow and makes the appropriate pronouncement.

They then invite the crowd to form lines if they want to come up and witness Punxsutawnety for themselves. Probably two-thirds of the crowd heads for the shuttle busses out of the event, but another third goes up to the podium to get their look at the groundhog.

The last shuttle bus is generally out with the last of the crowd by 8 a.m. and, depending on how far the crowd has to travel, some head straight for the highways, others to various events, restaurants and attractions around town.

It's a hell of an impressive event for a small town. They don't pull the groundhog out early. You can just about set your watch by the sunrise time for Punxsutawney on February 2.

Honestly, I don't know why you would be hearing an announcement at 4:55 a.m. Are you in the eastern time zone? Or, perhaps the news release was distributed ahead of time and your local radio station just jumped the gun?

I can tell you that most of us know what the result is going to be just by the weather forecast the night before. But that doesn't stop anyone from attending the event

25 posted on 02/02/2012 10:02:08 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

I’m still waiting for the first week of winter...


26 posted on 02/02/2012 10:11:20 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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I’m still waiting for the first week of winter...


27 posted on 02/02/2012 10:11:37 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: WKUHilltopper

Look at the calendar, 48 days till Mar 21, that’s almost 7 weeks. What’s a ground hog know.


28 posted on 02/02/2012 10:57:15 AM PST by Waco (Nominate Palin or forget 2012 you lost)
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