Apparently north Alabama has its own weather-predicting groundhog.
On the Birmingham tv news this morning, a woman appeared with “Smith Lake Jake”. He was wearing a colorful little bowler hat. I'm not much for hats on animals but it didn't seem to bother him.
Obviously there was no way that Jake could see his shadow on a rainy day like today.
But the woman insisted that since the hair on Jake’s tail was standing up, we’d have 6 more weeks of winter anyway.
She kept kissing the groundhog on the mouth though, so it’s possible that she wasn’t being too scientific about the whole thing.
Edited March 7, 2007 to add: This will probably show up in rss feeds as a new post. It isn't. I'm editing to disallow future comments, since I believe that all the recent ones are actually from the same person. My intuition tells me that it's likely someone well acquainted with the groundhog in question, and if this is indeed the case, I'd like to encourage that person to start his or her own blog. Smith Lake Jake could try predicting all sorts of things besides the weather. The stock market, for example. The winner of the next NASCAR race. Who'll be voted out on American Idol. To my knowledge no one has even scratched the surface of non-weather-related groundhog prognostication.