Sat. Aug 13th, 2022
On Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, a highly respected member of American society, makes his prediction for the upcoming spring. Although he is only right 39% of the time, when the groundhog speaks, we listen.

Skirts, flip-flops, shorts and dresses fill the halls this winter more frequently than any other winter before. By this time last year, Raleigh had already had three snows and an ice storm. Are we being robbed of our winter? Where’s the snow?

School mornings usually start with scarves and jackets, but by the end of the day it is warm enough for students to walk around in short-sleeves comfortably. Some enjoy this weather; others despise it.

“I hate the cold! It puts me in a bad mood. I like how warm it’s been because I like summer clothes better than winter clothes. I like driving with my windows rolled down, and I can’t do that if it’s too cold. The sun makes me smile,” Mackenzie Robinson, junior, said.

In this warm winter, confused daffodils are starting to sprout. “It’s killing my bonsai tree! It is dying in the heat. You’re supposed to keep it outside in the winter, so it will stay dormant, but since it’s warm, it’s starting to bud prematurely. It was a Christmas present,” said Virginia Reed, a heartbroken senior.

Mufasa, the school cat who roams around campus, can be found basking in the sun every day after school.

Although Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on February 2, ensuring us six more weeks of “winter”, I don’t think his prediction is anything any of us can’t handle.

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