Yep, it's Groundhog Day!  February 2 of each year since 1887, Americans have allowed this overgrown squirrel, the groundhog, a rodent meteorologist, Punxsutawney Phil, to determine the fate of winter.

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If he sees his shadow, we have six more weeks of bad luck and bad weather. Should he go “shadow-less,” we’re in for an early spring.

USA Today is actually providing live coverage of the event again this year.  Just go HERE beginning at 5:00 am Central to see the live action.

Truth be told, he’s apparently only accurately predicted the severity and length of winter about 39% of the time. Which, by all standards, is probably about the same as most of his human counterpart weathermen.

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Course, the disturbing thing to me, is that we have a groundhog predicting weather for all of America. That would include those of us here in the deep South, where we’ve never seen a groundhog, much less determined his ability to ever see any shadow, which includes his "own" shadow.

So, we have come up with several other mascots who might serve our needs better here in the Shreveport/Bossier area.

See if you agree with these "5 Animals Better at Predicting Weather in SBC Than a Groundhog"

5 Animals Better at Predicting Weather in SBC Than a Groundhog

Here in Shreveport/Bossier, most of us have never even seen a groundhog, so why would we ever trust them to predict our weather? Wouldn't these 5 animals be a much better choice to handle the job here in our neck of the woods?

Gallery Credit: Gary McCoy

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