Today is Groundhog Day—the only holiday to feature a prognosticating rodent. Well, I suppose it’s the only holiday that features any rodent at all. I’ve always felt a strong connection to Punxsutawney Phil, for no other reason than his last name is the same as my first name.

I have to admit that I’m a little jealous of the attention my name-brother gets each February 2nd. If anyone would bother to ask me about my predictions about the arrival of spring, I would proudly say that I have a 100% accuracy rate. Spring will start March 21st in the northern hemisphere this year. Don’t ask me how I know, I just do.

The “King of the Groundhogs” did not see his shadow this year, meaning that spring will be arriving early this year. This is great news—spring means rebirth, trees and flowers in bloom, and great opportunities for fun outdoor photography sessions!

Photog-nosticator Phil

Photograph: WESH2 NEWS