Friday, February 2, 2024

A Rodent Looks For His Shadow Today

Today is Groundhog Day. It is one of the stranger holidays where people trust a critter to tell them if we get Spring sooner or are stuck with Winter longer. The general success rate of the various Groundhogs (there are many in various cities) is usually atrocious, ranging from 30%-40%. That means you could flip a coin to determine our climate for the year and those 50-50 odds would be better than asking a fat little varmint about the Springtime. All of that said, it is a quaint little holiday and did give us a modern classic of a movie with Bill Murray, fittingly (and simply) titled, "Groundhog Day." I hope everyone has fun today and remembers that if they're going to take a groundhog seriously but ignore climate scientists warning us about global warming then that is a bit concerning. That said, let's see what the furry animal thinks for a giggle and then look at the actual data afterward.

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