Well the little guy has done it again...Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning 6 more weeks of winter. Even though the ol' groundhog lives in a city that averages 16-20 days of cloud cover during the month of February...and even though this morning skies were overcast, Phil was scared back into his burrow meaning that the prognosticator of all prognosticators is calling for winter to continue on.
You may be thinking, "If it was cloudy, why did he see his shadow?" Great question with a good answer. As Phil's popularity grows right along side technology...lots of cameras show up to see his yearly outing, which gives an ever increasing chance for him to see his shadow. That could also be the answer to him only being 39% accurate with his predictions.
Either way, tradition is traditions and winter it is!
Here at home, its pretty hard to find your shadow when we haven't seen the sun in almost five days! And guess what...more clouds will be moving in along with some pretty good rain chances as we head through the next few days. El Nino is keeping our weather pattern pretty progressive, and as our next slow moving upper-level trough swings in from the west, it looks like our rain chances start scattered Wednesday morning, and really pick up by Wednesday afternoon...with that faucet being left on all the way through Thursday. All in all, we are expecting 1-2" of rain across the Brazos Valley with some locations possibly receiving up to 3". That being said, with the cloud cover and rain falling, highs over the next few days will most likely only top off in the chilly upper 40s to low 50s.
A couple key spots we'll have to keep an eye to is the Navasota River near Normangee and Easterly. Water levels have been slightly above flood stage since last weeks big rains, and as another 1-3" could be added, more minor flooding could take place.
Grab the umbrella!