Weather update from Punxsutawney, PA: No global warming this year

Punxsutawney Phil, the Groundhog who possesses the most famous shadow in the world, emerged from his burrow at 7:25 this morning stretched his little paws to the sky and looked behind him. There, to the disappointment of the large crowd that gathers annually in this rustic hamlet, Phil glimpsed his spectre thus assuring us 6 more weeks of winter. The Washington Post breathlessly reports: If Phil's forecast is right, it signals a dramatic reversal from the mild weather pattern affecting much of the country. Many parts of the central and eastern U.S. have seen temperatures 20 to 30 degrees above normal in recent days. On February 1, just 19% of the Lower 48 had snow cover compared to 52% at this time last year. Historic odds heavily favor a forecast for winter to last deep into March. Since the Groundhog's first prediction in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 99 times and failed to spot it just 16 times. There are 9 missing years in the record, but Phil has issued an forecast without...(Read Full Post)