Having grown up in Ohio, I was thoroughly immersed into the legend and fame of Punxsutawney Phil. Every Ground Hog’s Day, we would eagerly await Phil’s forecast for the length of the remaining winter.
According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks, according to an AP story. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.
At some point, Ohio jumped on to the Ground Hog’s Day bandwagon with Buckeye Chuck. But Phil was and is the most famous of ground hog weathermen.
I was thinking of that on my way to work this morning, when I thought the South Sound deserved its own winter prognosticator. I thought Paradise Pete, the Cascade fox. just might do. OK, I admit they don’t hibernate, but given the amount of snow at Paradise, those animals that do hibernate in the Paradise area are going to be sleeping for a long while.
Any way, had Paradise Pete poked his nose out of his den this morning, he would have seen his shadow, based on the Web cams. So it seems like we’ll have six more weeks of winter.
As for Punxsutawney Phil, it was decided that he, too, saw his shadow this morning.