- Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring on Groundhog Day 2019.
- A Washington Post meteorologist went on a rant against the holiday.
- She said she’s worried that people “might actually believe there is truth in it.”
What, Punxsutawney Phil, does the weather hold in store?
Early spring, he said on Groundhog Day 2019.
“It brings me no joy to report this as ‘news,’ to pander to a privileged marmot,” writes Washington Post deputy weather editor Angela Fritz in a diatribe against both the chubby mammal and the holiday that she says stains her profession.
Fritz’s bio at the end of the piece says she’s an atmospheric scientist who has worked as a meteorologist at CNN in Atlanta and Weather Underground in San Francisco. She has a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a master’s degree in earth and atmospheric science.
Understandable, perhaps that an animal whose predictions are no better than a coin toss annually upstages real scientists.
“The thing that worries me isn’t that people care about the groundhog. What worries me is that people hear the groundhog said ‘early spring’ and they might actually believe there is truth in it.”
“At first it’s kind of funny, being a meteorologist on Groundhog Day. It’s like a holiday for weather people (except the furry weather person representing you that day has a brain the size of a golf ball and occasionally bites.)”
And Phil gets all the attention! He’s even been on Oprah!
“When Phil speaks, we report. Why? Because it’s what the people want. They don’t have to be explicit; we hear what they say when the groundhog is the highest trending topic on Feb. 2, and when they turn the TV on right before Phil is scheduled to appear onstage.”
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