Well, Punxsutawney Phil has spoken and it seems we will have six more weeks of winter. The sleepy rodent was pulled out of his burrow by his official keepers today, saw his shadow and went right back inside. According to his interpreters, that means six more weeks of winter.
Of course, the dirty little secret is that no matter what Phil says, we will have six more weeks of official winter until Earth makes enough of a circuit of the sun to bring it to its vernal equinox on March 20, just over six weeks from now.
But that's only the official date for spring. In my yard, virtual spring has already sprung and my personal groundhog did not see his shadow today because of heavy cloud cover and intermittent rain. In fact, nobody saw his shadow in my yard today.
Personally, I think we may be putting too much responsibility on Punxsutawney Phil's sloping shoulders. This guy agrees with me:
Maybe next year we should let ol' Phil sleep in!