Its cold comfort, but Sir Walter Wally was more than right. Raleighs groundhog prognosticator predicted six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2.
Charlottes groundhog, Queen Charlotte, got it wrong. In Ohio, a prosecutor filed a lighthearted indictment against Pennsylvanias famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil for fraudulently predicting an early spring. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser dropped the charge Tuesday, despite several inches of snow falling in Ohio this week. But Phils underlying offense is not going away: Spring has not come early. A week after it officially began, it still hasnt come.
Snow fell in North Carolinas mountains Monday and Tuesday, closing schools. In the Triangle, its near freezing at night and days still require a jacket. Some pedestrians are wearing gloves.
Scott Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, said every day for the past two weeks except one has been 5 to 10 degrees below normal with six days dipping to 10 to 15 degrees below normal.
This is definitely a very cool start to spring, said Sharp, who encountered snow flurries in Raleigh a few days ago. Im ready for some warmth.
Were all ready, but the Canadian cold is expected to keep flowing south. Easter Sunday will be chilly and another blast of cold air is coming next week, Sharp said.
The blooming of the Triangles azaleas and dogwoods will be delayed by the cold, but that may make for a big show once spring finally strolls in.
We may see things burst all at once when we do get that warm stretch, Sharp said, but added, If we get that warm stretch.
If? How far off is spring?
Maybe its time to ask Sir Walter Wally again.