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Did he not see his shadow, or does he need glasses?

Snow in Sandy UT

Some eastern rodent, called Phil, made his annual media jaunt recently in predicting an early Spring.  Seemed like something that I might understand considering we had the previous month with maxima below freezing.  Heavy snow just sat there waiting for an upward climb in warmth before offering any melt.

We are only weeks away from the calendar start of Spring.  Perhaps Phil should have taken more than the presence or absence of his shadow into account when determining seasonal change for the nation.

My outlook is onto falling snow, and with the promise of more snow.  Forecasters suggested 1 - 3 inches.  Perhaps they use pixie rules. So I might assume their overnight prediction of three inches may be really another foot. And their "30 degrees; feels like 20"...  Do they really do their forecasting outdoors, in short sleeves?

Here in Utah we face the conundrum of winter weary locals and ecstatic visitors craving the "Greatest Snow on Earth".

A little sunshine mixed with the snow here in Sandy Utah, and our Vitamin D balance will soon be restored.



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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hold on Larry,,,,,,,,it's still February........still time for Phil to be right...

Feb 23, 2013 10:02 AM #1
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Ronald - thanks for your optimism.  I am sure that we will get to see spring growth sometime soon. If it is protracted I can always visit relatives in Oceanside for an interlude.

Feb 23, 2013 10:13 AM #2
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hang in there, Larry!  Spring will come -- maybe sooner, maybe later, but it will come!

Feb 23, 2013 10:17 AM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I was wondering the same thing.  Another big storm is on the way to the East Coast.. and there is not sign of spring!  Hey Phil, better get your eyes checked! :)

Feb 23, 2013 10:36 AM #4
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional
Hi Larry, I have to agree with you. They should spend their time teaching him how to actually predict the weather. With a bright day, shadows are way to easy to get, LOL.
Feb 23, 2013 03:42 PM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, here in Southwest Florida we are going to enjoy sunny skies, a gentle breeze and temperatures in the low 80's today. Time for you to think about a Florida vacation. Enjoy your day and stay warm!

Feb 23, 2013 09:59 PM #6
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Dianne - I am always impressed by Utah winter beauty, even if hampered in my electric scooter movement. I have adopted Sandy UT as my residence, and enjoy all its benefits

Joan - current snow varies a little from our earlier dry powder. All bearable. A whinge and a whine helps deal with cabin fever. Keeps climate warming a theory, not a fact.

William - my father was a sugar cane farmer for most of his life.  His long and short term predictions gained their accuracy from continuous observations. My "string and rock " weather station is still white indicating winter.

Wayne - I enjoy your propaganda and enticements from your locale. I have met people in mobile homes who suggest moving south each year by a hundred miles until they encounter their ideal climate. Relax in your balm and breezes.


Feb 23, 2013 10:24 PM #7
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

What does Phil know anyhow? I heard he was right only about 35% of the time.

Feb 27, 2013 05:29 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Suggested Larry! I love your good humor. I sure hope the snow and ice thaws quickly enough so that you can enjoy spring and summer.

Oh by the way, Phil definitely needs to get his eyes checked!!!

Mar 06, 2013 01:45 PM #9
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor
Larry, well being from PA and almost knowing Phil personally I have to admit I want to fire him from his one day of work. Phil only works one day a year and most years he is dead wrong. Since his prediction of early spring on Feb 2nd northwest PA and most of northeast has only had one warm, sunny day.
Mar 24, 2013 07:35 AM #10
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Jill - saw a photo of Phil holding a disclaimer that he is a groundhog,not a meteorologist.

Patricia - two warm? days, and then snow, snow and more snow. It is melting faster.

Mary - I feel for you. Our first snow was September, most recent this morning. Back to visual observation or dart board forecasting. One cartoon suggested Phil was found dead under you latest snow.

Mar 24, 2013 07:52 AM #11
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