If you prefer short sleeves to parkas, or abhor sitting in a freezing car on early winter mornings, you may have reason to rejoice this month. According to the nation’s most renowned groundhog, we are due for mild weather early this year.
Personally, I’ll wait a few months to mothball my parka and scarves. Still, I don’t write off Groundhog Day entirely, even if I feel the prognostications of a large rodent barely surpass traditional meteorology in terms of credibility.
That’s because, for me, Groundhog Day unfailingly brings to mind the movie of the same name, in which Bill Murray’s misanthropic meteorologist, Phil, is forced to relive February 2nd over and over until he changes his erroneous ways.