Phil and Pierre Didn’t See Shadows, Hello Early Spring!
We humans can rejoice (or not, depending on your favorite season of the year) as neither groundhog Punxsutawney Phil or his rodent cousin, nutria Pierre C. Shadeaux, saw their shadows today, "forecasting" an early spring.
Punxsutawney Phil emerged during his annual celebration in Gobbler's Knob, an area east of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to Fox News.com, Groundhog Day's celebration on a Saturday drew larger than usual crowds to the ceremony, which saw Phil failing to see his shadow.
One of Louisiana's own foreshadowing fur balls, Pierre C. Shadeaux, failed to see his shadow. The Daily Iberian reports that Pierre C. Shadeaux of New Iberia emerged this morning and predicted a longer spring for south Louisiana.
As of the writing of this article, there's been no word on whether or not T-Boy, the "Cajun Groundhog" of the Audobon Zoo in New Orleans, has or has not seen his shadow. It could be that T-Boy partied too hard last night in the French Quarter, celebrating both the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, and is sleeping it off. What that would mean with regards to weather forecasting is anyone's guess.