No faith in rodents. That said, even though an early spring is pleasant, we need our snow pack to build back up to carry us through the summer. So, I guess I'm hoping for clear skies in the lowlands and snow in the mountains. The best of both worlds.
We haven't had winter here in Pa yet. It has been so mild. I know from experience that the Piper will have his hand out. So when I voted that the groundhog will predict 6 more weeks of winter, it will be the winter during Spring. We will see.
has been a normal warm winter for the most part this year after 2 unusually hard winters in a row for us in the deep south. It will be a early spring as several Warbler species are already migrating back and my Blue Birds have been in and out of the houses for the last couple of weeks. My Blueberries are blooming flowers and new leaves
Here in Georgia, we rely on General Lee at Yellow River Game Ranch to do the forecast. Since it is going to be sunny here, he'll probably see his shadow. Anyway, forget about rodents, I just ask DH. Its his birthday and he seems to do just as well at predictions as the ground hogs!
The problem with early springs like this is that you can lose an entire years crop. So if you have 300+ fruit trees like myself, you could be out an incredible amount of money. The Peach growers are usually the worst hit and can lose 80 percent of their crops. No Fredericksburg peaches this year. That is millions of dollars that would be going to local farmers and instead will be sent to California or South America. My main crop is Jujube which is a very late bloomer so I might be okay but the Asian Pears, Pomegranates, Apples, Peaches, Plums and so on can get nuked by 28F if they bloom now.
Here in Texas, we don't need a rodent from Pennsylvania to tell us what's up with our weather. We have "Bee Cave Bob", an armadillo with meteorological aspirations to handle that job. After being prodded out of his hole, he meandered around a bit and then went back underground, signifying that we're in for more of the same as far as the weather is concerned. If he had behaved as if he'd seen a coyote and scrambled for cover, then we might be faced with some actual winter weather. So who ya gonna believe, a rodent or a xenerthan (look that up in your Funk & Wagnall's)?
Honeybee, right you are! Believe it or not, spelling is one of the things I've always been pretty good at. As a rule, if I've ever seen a word in print, I can spell it. Maybe I didn't look at this one quite long enough, lol.