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Schenectady, NY


January 30, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #8988069

There are a total of 117 votes:


Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow. Six more weeks of winter!
(14 votes, 11%)
Red dot


He won't see his shadow. Early spring!
(39 votes, 33%)
Red dot


I think he'll oversleep and miss it.
(6 votes, 5%)
Red dot


Who is Punxsutawney Phil?
(6 votes, 5%)
Red dot


I don't put much faith in weather forecasting rodents.
(52 votes, 44%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2012
10:00 AM

Post #8988086

I hope!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


January 30, 2012
11:00 AM

Post #8988177

Me too!
It is 62 here today and I heard my first Meadow Lark singing this morning.
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
12:47 PM

Post #8988291

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.
missysrose
Lock Haven, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 30, 2012
1:04 PM

Post #8988313

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.
Indy
Alexandria, IN
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #8988381

Oh, no, You just must wish for lots of really cold weather in both Alaska and where you are...so polar ice doesn't melt and we all fry a bit...said with snark LOL
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #8988552

Yea, I'm thinking Winter needs to show up before it can "last". ;)
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

January 30, 2012
6:00 PM

Post #8988668

No winter here yet. Wish it would show up. I need the moisture!! Today was 60 + degrees outside!! Is it January or May?
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
6:02 PM

Post #8988669

All of our fruit is starting to bloom in Texas. We are in a panic as the last freeze isnt until March.
YIKES!!!!!
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 30, 2012
9:16 PM

Post #8988918

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

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 31, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #8989120

They're calling for rain here tomorrow morning. Let's hope that means no shadows!

beclu727

beclu727
Dacula, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #8989290

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!

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


January 31, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #8989347

beclu, it's my birthday too. And I usually enjoy a sunny day :-)

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #8989360

my peach is already leafing out...not good.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 31, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #8989530

Let the poor rodent sleep!

Daffodils are starting to bloom. Last year our first bloom was February 27th. I think Mother Nature's calendar has gone awry!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

January 31, 2012
1:33 PM

Post #8989660

Daffs here too.

monkeymomr
San Bernardino, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #8989990

The weather is being screwed up by the stores. Bathing suits and shorts at the stores. If it does get cold here, we won't have any clothes.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

February 1, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #8990518

We've had lots of rain instead of snow here--one ice storm, and flurries a few times. Lots of unseasonably warm weather. Mother Nature is obviously suffering from dementia!

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


February 1, 2012
7:13 AM

Post #8990551

I already have my windows open this morning!
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
9:20 AM

Post #8990723

So far I have had a zone 9b winter here in 8b.
I was going to rip out and give away all my tropical fruit trees but they are loving it now.

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 1, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #8990767

Rainy and cloudy today. It would have been an awesome day for the rodent to peek his head out and see no shadow!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 1, 2012
10:18 AM

Post #8990777

Very sunny and 58 now. Hard to believe it's February 1st and hope we don't end up with a scorching summer.
cactusman8
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #8991060

It's 76 here right now. Not that unusual, actually. I really don't care what the rest of our "winter" does. I'm much more concerned about a possible repeat of our last summer!
jujubetexas
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 1, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #8991084

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.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
1:12 AM

Post #8991651

So how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood??

Well, somebody had to say it today. :-)

meezersfive

meezersfive
waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2012
5:22 AM

Post #8991766

No they didn't.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #8991778

monkeymomr wrote:The weather is being screwed up by the stores. Bathing suits and shorts at the stores. If it does get cold here, we won't have any clothes.


Roflol

How come I can't attach a photo with a quote? Oh well...
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2012
5:32 AM

Post #8991780

First blooms in the pet cemetery.
Happy Groundhog Day!

Thumbnail by podster
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #8991809

meezersfive wrote:No they didn't.


LOL. Too late. :-D)))

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 2, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #8991834

I didn't see my shadow when I woke up - too foggy for shadows. I don't know what got into that rodent up north.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
6:47 AM

Post #8991850

Me either. Sun just now came out here.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
6:56 AM

Post #8991861

Two groundhogs out of three said - no more stinkin' winter!

jordankittyjo

jordankittyjo
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 8b)

February 2, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #8991864

my japaneese magnolia is blooming.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


February 2, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #8991937

Bright and sunny and 60 degrees here...Hope my groundhog was one of the southern ones!

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 2, 2012
10:24 AM

Post #8992131

It's 68F here - I went shopping without a coat!

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 2, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #8992242

I stepped out in a sleeveless yoga top and my flipflops to hit the gym this morning. Highly unusual for my birthday weather :-)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 2, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #8992296

I see it is your birthday. Happy Birthday, Terry ... and many more!! :-)
sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 3, 2012
8:52 AM

Post #8993244

LOL, I think the winter forecast goes by where you live, so Terry should have an early Spring.
We had a brief early fog here and it's 80 anyway, so I'm taking coleus cuttings in the next few days.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

February 4, 2012
8:51 AM

Post #8994383

Don't believe in critters predicting weather, other than busy squirrels in the fall. It is +2F here after two days of snow - seems like about 2' fell, but maybe only 1'+ still nice and balmy

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 4, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #8994490

Thanks, y'all. I just hope if we are going to get some winter that it gets a move on and does its thing sooner than later. It's the late "surprise" winter storms that are hardest on the plants.
poppop
forsyth, GA
(Zone 8a)

February 4, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #8994807

If I'm going to listen to a Groundhog ,it'll be General Lee ,and not some Yankee rodent !!
cactusman8
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 4, 2012
4:30 PM

Post #8994830

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)?

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


February 5, 2012
5:41 AM

Post #8995247

Daffs and flowering quince are now blooming...I knew it wouldn't take more than a few days and it didn't.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

February 5, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #8995380

cactusman8 - I looked it up, but it's spelled xenarthran.
cactusman8
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

February 5, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #8995448

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.

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