Furry Prognosticators…

February 1, 2010 6 Comments

…although some have feathers and scales….

Nobody believes the meteorologist, but they rely on that fuzzy brown rodent in Pennsylvania to tell them if winter is finally over.  Well, I’m just as excited to find out what Phil says about the upcoming end to (what seems to be) a never-ending winter.  However, he is not the only non-human forecaster.  When you do a search you find out that there are a lot of them out there.

 

Punxsatawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil

This will be Tutor's first year for prognostication.  He is located in Oxford, Michigan.

This will be Tutor's first year for prognostication. He is located in Oxford, Michigan.

Agua Fria Freddy is one of the non-furry prognosticators.

Agua Fria Freddy is one of the non-furry prognosticators. Not surprisingly, he is in Arizona.

From Wikipedia:  “The holiday, which began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries, has its origins in ancient European weather lore, wherein a badger or sacred bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog.”  For more info, click here.
This link lists 2009’s predictions (as of 2/1) and will post 2010 on Feb. 2 from a lot of the nation’s prognosticators.
If you want to know how Phil has done since the predictions have started in Punxsutawney, click here.
There is a “warning” out there about some impostors.  Find out more here.
Some of those other prognosticators are listed on this site, with some more information about Agua Fria Freddie here.
Whatever any or all of these creatures say, Spring officially begins at 12:32 PM (Central Time) on March 20… only 48 days until we can really get anxious to get into those gardens!
Dig it!
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  1. Karen says:

    Heard you have a new kitty – tell us about him/her.

  2. Kathy says:

    Interesting…I like Phil best! Keep up the good work on KWWL!

  3. Mimi says:

    Phil is cute, Tutor is fairly cute, the snake is far from cute and I would run if I saw it no matter what the weather was!

  4. Pam says:

    When is not to soon to start veggie seedlings in my picture window?

  5. Eileen Loan says:

    Pam, it will depend upon the vegetable. The packet should tell you when to start indoors. Most will probably be toward the end of February and the beginning of March. I’ll try to cover this topic more in the next post.

  6. net says:

    my rhubarb has a lot of grassy weeds in it….i did pull the weeds and mulched with saw shavings. or should i have mulched with something else?

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