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Fresh Snowfall Belies Chuckles’ Early Spring Prediction

Posted on February 21, 2019


My Potter’s Bench awaiting the early arrival of spring – ha! Photo by Jacqueline Bennett


By Jacqueline Bennett


A fresh late February snowfall is not unusual in New England, however, on Ground Hog Day 2019 both Punxsutawney Phil, and Chuckles at the Lutz Chidren’s Museum here in Connecticut promised us an early spring. So what pray tell is this new white stuff all about?


Despite the century-old tradition of turning to a groundhog for a long-term weather report, these a.k.a. woodchucks that are of the marmot species – basically, large squirrels., have been accurate only 40 percent of the time, according to a CNN report. Nonetheless, thousands of spectators continue to turn out annually to witness the sleepy animal’s forecast in Punxsutawney, PA. In Manchester, CT, home to the Lutz and the state’s official groundhog, the mayor and other local dignitaries were present for the prediction.


How did it come to pass that a big ole squirrel is thought to hold the answer which certified meteorlogists are paid to know? The phenomenon is said to date back to ancient Christian times when people brought candles to services for winter blessings and somehow it evolved to include animals., says CNN.


No shadows were seen by Punxsutawney Phil or Chuckles meaning bye, bye winter. Only in theory this year, as across the country bitter cold and heavy snowstorms have been the trend. Another four to six inches of snow fell this morning for us with an icy mix. Warmer temperatures are expected by tomorrow, into the low 50s, likely to result in melting. Still, I wouldn’t pack away the wool sweaters and mittens yet ~ it appears the earliest spring will arrive in the Northern Hemisphere is, as the calendar states, March 20th.

‘The Icicle Man Has a Frozen Nose’ – Winter Continues in New England

Posted on February 9, 2014

By:Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb “The icicle man has a frozen nose, woah it’s cold, achoo it’s cold…” At this time last year we were snowbound in Connecticut thanks to a powerful nor’easter that between February 8-9 brought heavy snow and hurricane force winds. Although there has been considerable snowfall here this winter causing flight cancellations, school closings and a depletion of salt reserves in many town’s public works departments – the real story continues to be frigid blasts of air and Arctic-like temperatures. Despite occasional spikes, for the most part temperatures have hovered in the low double digits, single digits and below zero. Yesterday morning it was 11 degrees when I started the SUV. At this time last year I awoke to snow several feet…