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Madison Snaps: February 4, 2009
Mayor Joe Delivers the Prognostication
Mayor Joe Delivers the Prognostication
Credit:Neil Stechschulte

Today's image is titled Mayor Joe Delivers the Prognostication was photographed by Neil Stechschulte.

As if the plunge in mercury the last couple of days weren't an indication, those oversized rodents famed for their forecasting abilities made it clear on their own Groundhog Day that winter would be lasting another six weeks. Chubby sciuridae across the nation, including Punxsatawney Phil in Pennsylvania and our own Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, saw their shadows early Monday morning, fating us all to a full-length cold season.

As Jimmy declared:

Well folks, I saw my shadow this morning! Six more weeks of winter are on tap for us. The crowd took it pretty well. I did hear some groans at first, but then there were cheers for me as well! The mayor led the crowd in some Groundhog Carols -- and I had my picture taken with all sorts of folks. Breakfast was great at the Market Street Diner -- and after visiting with boys and girls around the city, I plan to curl up in my burrow for some more quality slumber time! Happy Groundhog Day 2009 to you all!

This photo shows Sun Prairie Mayor Joe Chase sharing Jimmy's prognostication to the crowd in Cannery Square. "I am always up for a local festival," writes one person who attended the Sun Prairie celebration last winter. "Big ones, little ones, ones that have historical significance, ones that celebrate the bizarre. There is something about gathering with others and being part of the buzz local festivals brings that is really quite comforting." There are many more photos of this year's prognosticating in a set shot by Stechschulte, as well as in an official set offered by festival organizers.

So here's a toast to plenty more winter, notwithstanding the warm conditions expected this weekend.

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