Today was Groundhog Day, one of Pennsylvania’s finest traditions.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Gobbler’s Knob and that means 6 more weeks of winter.
But not so fast say the so-called weather experts and meteorologists. They’re here to tell you that a groundhog can’t accurately predict the weather. And they’re pretty serious about it.
The problem for them is, no one cares.
No one actually takes the Punxsutawney Phil forecast seriously. It’s just for fun and that’s obviously something weather dorks can’t have.
National Weather Service Debunks Punxsutawney Phil Conspiracy Theory and No One Cares
What weather “experts” like those at National Weather Service don’t realize is that people trust the groundhog as much as they trust them. And that’s no insult to the groundhog. He doesn’t care.
It’s part of a disturbing trend among the weather forecasting elitists. They’ve clearly tried to pick up on this one-voice theory to information that the public’s been consuming about things like COVID and elections for a couple years now. There can only be one voice and everyone else is spewing conspiracy theories.
And just like those cases, the single truth on weather forecasting is just as accurate in that it’s rarely accurate.
This all reached the tipping point for us a few days before Groundhog Day. National Weather Service in State College tweeted this ridiculous statement regarding the accuracy of Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions. Because no one asked, here’s what the “experts” have to say about the rodent:
So, there you have it. Don’t trust the varmint. He spreads weather misinformation and therefore should be canceled!
Imagine having this sort of inferiority complex about your job. Of course, it must be sad knowing people trust a groundhog as much as they trust you.
Groundhog Day – Punxsutawney Phil Accuracy
Now, of course, people do generally trust the weather forecasters. And yes, their forecasts can help save lives.
But predicting the weather isn’t a cutthroat sport to the general public. We live to pick on weather people because it’s just what we do. They’re the ones who need to learn to live with that fact.
And they really shouldn’t get so butthurt when, for a fun day in February (of which there are very few), we all turn to a groundhog to tell us the weather. It’s just not a good look. And we are glad to not be alone in this thinking.
Joe Murgo, the chief meteorologist at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, called NWS-State College out on its curmudgeonly attitude.
Was this really necessary? There are a lot of people that look at the event as a celebration of the weather. The date marks something. Where can you find the hard definition of "spring" and "winter" that provide verification for this?
— Joe Murgo (@JoeMurgo) February 1, 2022
“Was this really necessary,” he asked in a tweet reply. “There are a lot of people that look at the event as a celebration of the weather. The date marks something. Where can you find the hard definition of ‘spring’ and ‘winter’ that provide verification for this?”
Murgo nailed it. Or, more appropriately … BING!
The geeks at NWS didn’t take kindly to one of their own clapping back at them for their nauseating take on Groundhog Day. And they fired back, digging their heels in deeper on their argument. In reply to Murgo, NWS-State College writes: “We didn’t intent to rain on any parades. We simply saw it as an opportunity to point people to a trusted weather source.”
They even created a graphic trying to prove their point. Here it is … your tax dollars at work:
The lesson here is that the weather “experts” need to lighten up.
Might we suggest a good movie?
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