Here in Michigan, our quaint local tradition for this time of year has been “delayed”. Because of the weather! Isn’t this exercise supposed to be all about weather? It inspired me to fire off an e-mail to my Vicksburg buds.
So our own (Howell’s) Woody the Woodchuck was to venture out yesterday, survey the presence or absence of shadow, and go back home. Or not. Such was to provide a counter to Punxsutawney Phil, who can only comment on weather in central Pennsylvania, forgodsakes. How his observations became some sort of national weather forecast is a mystery to me. Had Woody, the bitch, actually gone out on Tuesday those dense clouds would have precluded any shadows, and she would be out frolicking to an early spring! Now we see this BS, that the shadow assessment event has been “delayed” until Saturday https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2022/02/winter-says-not-yet-snowstorm-delays-woody-the-woodchucks-groundhog-day-prediction.html! This violates over a hundred years of tradition not to mention sacrosanct celestial rhythms that indicate this assessment should occur halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. Sure, Bill Murray got some “do-overs”, but they were on the same damned day, not some bump to Saturday.
This is a travesty. I’m calling for an investigation