Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day everyone! If you've missed it thus far, the most famous groundhogs seem to be at odds with each other as to whether it is warming or cooling, on this a day when weather experts admitted that the cold winter they predicted isn't happening. The explanation is that strong jet streams are trapping cold air in the arctic. That should be great for the polar bears right? But this "holiday" (if you can call it that) is about the rodents, and really amounts to nothing more than a coin toss. Statistically the little critter is right about 50% of the time.

My own observation about this Groundhog Day in Vancouver was an unusually high number of traffic accidents this morning. My regularly 45 minute commute took nearly 3 hours. It was a nightmare this morning on Vancouver roads. The weather was fine, conditions normal, just a cluster of traffic incidents on Groundhog Day. Spooky, though I'm sure nothing more than a coincidence.


  1. Well, perhaps a pig got onto the highway, and it was Ground Hog Day...

  2. maybe you should tell that to the people of Dease lake who were getting -50 weather and -40 near terrace bc and tell that to the people of northern B.C where it was at least -20 not now but it was about 2 wks ago that weather in dease lake is the coldest it's been in years and years and in Terrace Smithers area and they had more snow then they have ever had.

  3. It was ground hog day in QP today, and will probably last till 2015. One ndpq member said that it was wrong for the PM to make plans for post 2015 as he will not be here. paraphrased a bit. Funny no one complained when Paul Martin fixed health care for a generation, but the PM can't fix pension past 2015.