An Early Spring According to Dunkirk Dave

By Mike Maddaloni on Sunday, February 03, 2008 at 12:27 PM with 0 comments

Ah, Groundhog’s Day! That one day of the year where we discard all of the weather technology and forecasters and look to whether a furry animal sees its shadow to predict how the weather will be for the next few months. If the groundhog sees its shadow, then there is 6 more weeks of winter where if it does not, then spring arrives earlier.

Believe it or not, there are many groundhogs. The most famous is Punxsutawney Phil, hailing from its eponymous town in Pennsylvania. Phil saw his shadow, meaning we (defined as those in the US and Canada that actually put the event on their calendars) will have a longer winter.

However I tend to look for advice from the marmot northwest of Phil, Dunkirk Dave, hailing from the western New York town that inspired the name of my business. Dave did not see his shadow, meaning the warmer weather will come sooner. I don’t look to the city of my birth as an alternate, as I have always followed Dave’s predictions over Phil. As of this post, his prediction is not listed on Dunkirk Dave's own Web site, but it was reported by the Dunkirk Observer.

If we could only look to animals for predictions of business success…

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