For the first time since 2007, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early Spring.
Considering the recent snow-smothering much of the country has received lately, I imagine everyone’s feeling at least a tiny flicker of relief to hear this groundhog day declaration.
I think we’ve all had our winter wonderland fix. The idea of Spring seems pretty welcome (if totally unrealistic) right about now.
Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil’s track record ain’t so great.
In fact, it’s downright embarrassing.
As in, you’d have a much better chance of blindly predicting the sex of the baby in your belly than Punxsutawney Phil has of predicting the weather.
If you flipped a coin, or asked a stranger, or waved a string over your stomach, or used any other method, really, to try to guess if you were having a boy or a girl, you’d have about a 50% chance of being correct. Punxsutawney Phil, sadly, has averaged about 39% accuracy since he started performing his groundhog day duties. Which means there’s a 61% chance this winter’s going to keep pounding us for another six weeks. Give or take a foot or two. Of snow. It’s not Phil’s fault, really. Spring just doesn’t start in February. The cards are stacked against him.
Maybe Punxsutwaney Phil should look into a new line of work… predicting the sex of babies?