As usual in south Florida,
The groundhog saw his shadow yesterday.
As for what it means for south Florida weather patterns with respect to the persistence of winter, or the early arrival of spring is — if not a topic of great debate — certainly one that we have a pretty good idea of what to expect next. More sunshine will prevail, rain will be scarce and daytime highs will generally be in the seventies and low eighties for the next six weeks. After that (starting mid May) look for the swamp to increasingly turn drier and crunchier until the summer wet season starts sometime in May. Where would we be without the Groundhog? I wonder …