Sunday, February 2, 2014

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!!!

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Groundhog Day: predictions mixed for early spring

Shubenacadie Sam and Fred la Marmotte deliver good news for the winter-weary, but not Wiarton Willie

It's Groundhog Day, and the long-range forecast is in from Canada's woodchuck "weathermen."
Groundhog Day
Punxsutawney Phil is held by Ron Ploucha after emerging from his burrow on Sunday. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)
Ontario's Wiarton Willie emerged from his cozy den this morning and immediately spotted his shadow, which according to groundhog folklore means Canadians can expect six more weeks of what has already been a long, cold, snowy winter.
  • A little earlier Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam waddled out into the morning light, but unlike Willie, he did not see his shadow — indicating warmer days are just ahead.
Fred la Marmotte in Val d'Espoir, a town in Quebec Gaspésie region, wasn't deterred by falling snow. He rendered his early-spring verdict around 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.
As for America's rodent royalty, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil — the most famous groundhog of them all — he did see his shadow this morning, heralding another month and a half of Old Man winter.
However, regardless of what the groundhogs may be trying to tell us, Environment Canada is predicting the frigid temperatures that have gripped much of the country for the past two months will likely persist right through February.
2014 groundhog predictions
I am just not too sure how much more winter I can take! This is what our house looks like from the end of our driveway this morning: 

In a few weeks we will be heading to our mailbox to pick up a bunch of parts to finish up the last few winter projects.  When I get home I will be building a Steady Cam bracket for our Nikon and GoPro camera, A solar water heater and a few other odds and ends...

As soon as spring arrives we will be heading to Rochester to pick up the boat.  Our hope is the Yacht Club in Hamilton will find some space for us for the few weeks we will need to get ready to leave...

More later...
Cheers,
Kyle

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