Phyllis would like it to be known far and wide that this is PHYLLIS WEEK! (She wishes there was a way to make that sparkly!) Feel free to send fan mail (and strawberries!) to the Weather Prophet Extraordinaire, and bake yourself a celebratory cake in her honor. Also, she says your boss should be very understanding if you need to take a National Holiday, especially on Wednesday (Groundhog Day)! Or Thursday (Phyllis’s birthday)!!
So, when was it that weather became such drama?
Maybe with the advent of The Weather Channel. I’m not sure. But I get such a kick out of listening to radio announcers and TV weatherpeople turning pretty much any kind of weather into As The World Turns 🙂
“We’ve got a cold front moving in off the Plains carrying dense quantities of moisture mixed with Arctic temperatures driven by El Nino via the Jet Stream. Batten down the hatches! Stock up on milk and toilet paper! Make sure there are fresh batteries in your emergency flashlights and radio! We may get nearly 1/4 inch of snow with temperatures down near 30!!!”
But this week it appears to be for real. The weather dramatists are predicting… you guessed it!… A LOT MORE SNOW AND ICE! And this brings me to an interesting question: if the entire northeast is supposed to be in the grip of a fierce winter storm on Wednesday morning (and for those of you who don’t live with Phyllis constantly reminding you, that’s Groundhog Day!), it does not seem possible for any of the weather prognosticating groundhogs (from Punxsutawney Phyllis (NY) – or Phil (PA) for traditionalists – to Smith Lake Jake in AL, Staten Island Chuck in NY, Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia, Wiarton Willie in Ontario, Jimmy the Groundhog in WI, Woodstock Willie in IL, or Buckeye Chuck in OH, among others!) to see their shadows and hideaway for 6 more weeks of winter. On the other hand, given the winter we’re having, it seems equally impossible (although it would be awfully nice!) that an early spring could be on the horizon.
Wednesday February 2 is going to be an interesting day!
Phyllis would like to celebrate her week by having all of you write comments on:
a) why she is the most beautiful
b) why she is the smartest
c) why her weather predictions are ALWAYS correct
d) what you would like to hear her sing
e) what you would like to give her for a birthday present (her birthday is Feb. 3!) or,
f) all of the above!!!
Now, she and I are off to the Ridgefield Library in Connecticut for story hour. Woo-hoo!
Happy Phyllis Week, Everyone 🙂