February 2, 2020-
Punxsutawney Phil “said” it’ll be an early Spring. Phil is the latest of a line of groundhogs, all named Phil, who have been enticed out of their lairs, for these past 114 years, in western Pennsylvania. Before that, Germans reportedly lured hedgehogs out of their dens, on February 2. In each case, if the animal saw its shadow, there would be six more weeks of Winter. If it didn’t see its shadow, Spring was close at hand.
Here in AZ, a rattlesnake, Agua Fria Freddie, saw its shadow, so Spring is close at hand. Had it been cloudy, we would be expecting six more weeks of BRRRR. Not really- we rarely see snow, and only a bit more frequently experience cold weather, in the winter months. Last year’s late February “Snowmageddon” was an anomaly.
Good fun aside, the continent is expecting a One Day Big Chill, this week and a few storms are predicted for later this month. February, Valentine’s Day aside, is a month that, along with August, many folks love to hate. Let’s be fair, though. The Mini-Month has its share of surprises, and this past week’s relatively mild weather was no exception. Valentine’s Day, even without a significant other, is a day for affirming love-of various kinds. Presidents’ Day brings a break that does not entail pre-determined community obligations and, for some, a new car. Leap Day is one of those anomalies that brings a birthday which implies aging only every four years.
So, our animal friends have “prognosticated” a month that would seem to satisfy just about everyone. We are not easily fooled, though, and will make the most of what actually comes to pass.