Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 12, 2014

Jack Spaulding: Is It Spring Yet? – Here’s Your Sign!

The Inside on Indiana's Outside: Is it spring yet? - Here's your sign!

Is It spring yet?

People are constantly asking me, “when will spring be here,” “have you seen the robins yet” or “do you think the prediction by the groundhog is going to stick?” Like small children on a long car ride, people can’t wait for spring to arrive. People are always begging for woodland signs to tell them when to expect spring.

Not to do injustice or demean the meteorological abilities of the marmot gang, but I don’t have a lot of faith in the predictions of Punxsutawney Phil or the rest of the gang. Besides, this year the event was overshadowed by the Super Bowl and there were other complications. In Punxsutawney, it was rumored the officials had partied heavily the night before.

In the next State, Phil’s New York counterpart, Staten Island Chuck saw his shadow on Sunday, forecasting another six weeks of winter. New York City’s newly elected mayor, Bill de Blasio, wasn’t able to keep a firm grip on the groundhog who squirmed free of the mayor’s gloved hands and plopped on the ground.

The media is protecting the new mayor’s image and blaming it on the gloves issued all mayors handling Staten Island Chuck since he bit former mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009. (Perhaps Chuck was a fan of 32 ounce sugary drinks?) When Chuck hit the dirt it brought a few gasps from the crowd, but he was quickly recovered by his handler.

Hey, if I was in the spring prediction business and someone drug me out of my warm man cave, stuck me under some glaring television camera lighting, and handed me to a slippery handed politician who dropped me; I would most likely tag on six more months of winter, let alone six weeks.

And, there was also considerable conflict in the forecasts of our furry little critters, especially in the far north. Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Quebec’s Fred la Marmotte did not see their shadows thereby forecasting an early spring. Last I checked the map, Canada’s two pasture poodles are a long way north of our stateside marmots, Phil and Chuck.

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