February 1, 2015

Today is February 1st. It might be mid winter, though I’m not sure about that. But it is Super Bowl Sunday and if you are a football fan, it’s a pretty big deal. If not a fan, then it’s a regular Sunday. I suppose I’m a fair weather fan, meaning that I’ll watch if a New York team is playing. There is no NY team in the game today but I might tune-in at some point because I heard it could be a good game and I do like to watch a fun football game.

Tomorrow, February 2nd is Ground Hog Day, a folksy weather prognostication that began in 1887 which always falls on the second day in February. If the groundhog (really a badger) comes out of its winter den and sees a shadow and stays outside of it winter bedroom, this will indicated that spring will be early. However, if the badger turns around and crawls back into the comfort of its winter den, well, that means winter will be extended for another six or more weeks. The news might not be so good tomorrow from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the official location of the Groundhog Club. And it just might be with all the crazy weather that we’ve been having lately that this famous badger just might predict that we will experience an extended winter season. But, keep in mind that this animal is right about 40% of the time.

walking a dog in the snowAt this very moment  a huge winter storm is covering the entire Midwest. It’s a slow moving storm and it’s headed right for us. It’s not even noon yet and I heard from a friend who lives about 200 miles north of NYC and she said that it is already snowing heavily in her area. So, if you ask me, don’t look for daffodils to be popping up in Central Park any time soon.


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  1. thelma straw on February 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Let’s hope they get it right spot on this time…. tjstraw

    • Pushing Time on February 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Yes, Thelma, it will be interesting to see how this storm goes this time. I read that the national weather bureau apologized for getting the last storm wrong. But I do think that it’s probably too early to get rid of the winter gear just yet. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  2. ssermoneta on February 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I’m puzzling over the strange footprints in the snow…I love your street shots from above – I guess we’ll be seeing some more soon.

    • Pushing Time on February 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Glad to hear from you Susan! I do think that footprints in the snow is always mysterious. More snow! That’s what they say. But, we’ll see.

  3. Eric Parker on February 1, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Marge
    Great photo with this blog – I love it
    football? – what’s that? – I’m off to play badminton at the gym this afternoon

    • Pushing Time on February 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Ah, Eric, football is a totally American invention, a wet slippery leather ball (used to be an inflated pig bladder, I think), nasty weather preferable, a lot of hurt, and millions of fans across the country screaming, shouting and feeding their faces with greasy gooey food and that’s pretty much a football scene. Enjoy the badminton and see you in the spring. Thanks for joining the conversation!!

  4. thelma Straw on February 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Just went on an errand down the hill from Lex to 3rd – and boy, is it slippery!! Can’t wait for the next joy bundle – snow, then ice, then rain, then more snow! Boy oh Boy ogh Boy, what fun!!!!!!! (???????????? No, I’m not crazy or drunk – just enjoy a little silliness!)

    • Pushing Time on February 1, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Thelma, this is a wild winter. It is really cold out there and every bit of wetness turns immediately into an icy strip! Take care. I hope you are settled in for the next day or two!

  5. Trish Mayo on February 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I’m hoping that the groundhog predicts more winter! Love the great image that you posted here, seen from above the patterns are very interesting

    • Pushing Time on February 1, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Yes, it does look like we’re going to get more winter. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, but it’s snowing out right now at 10:10PM, so if nothing else, tomorrow is going to be really sloppy in Pennsylvania and that groundhog (badger) is not going to want to come out and stretch it’s legs. Thanks for coming by and joining the dialogue!!

  6. Jeri on February 2, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I’m shivering at home beneath rain and ice. Spring looks very far away! I’m glad I don’t have to walk my dogs like the guy in your photo!

    • Pushing Time on February 2, 2015 at 7:25 am

      It is a real winter storm in NYC, but nothing like what Boston and Chicago are getting right now. Yep, no spring blooms coming our way for a while!! Thanks Jeri for stopping by and leaving a comment.