Groundhog Day has resulted in a prediction of six more weeks of winter. Drat.
“Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter on Tuesday during the annual Groundhog Day ceremony in Pennsylvania.” NY Post (2/2/21)
“There is a chance that cities like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston, as well as the surrounding areas, could endure a major snow event.” WNEP.com, (2/2/21)
“Two More Snowmakers Ahead For the Midwest and Northeast” Weather.com (2/3/21)
For those who have to change to vehicles that are better at handling cold and ice and snow, we feel your pain that our friend at Gobbler’s Knob predicted six more weeks of winter. Placing weather-related restrictions on the enjoyment of our cars is not something that we here in the south would enjoy doing. We do, however, have “summer convertible restrictions” in that we have thunderstorms almost every afternoon in the summer, and the convertible top better work and seal things up. (This also tends to restrict motorcycling unless you like to ride in the rain.)
Make a Groundhog list! Put these things on the list and mark the date for completion – March 16, exactly six weeks after Groundhog Day. Take advantage of Punxsutawney Phil’s fully scientific, dutifully researched prognostication and get ready for the late Spring start to the driving season.
The Farmer’s Almanac says that the week that contains March 16 will be sunny and warm in central Florida with average highs around 70. In Pennsylvania, its says “rainy and mild” with high temps around 57. (For us, “57” is nowhere near “mild. Just sayin’)
So get your cars ready for the HPDE, autocross, car shows, cars-and-coffees, and drive events that are coming soon. If you are in the south or want to come south for a little early spring, we will be at Porsche Night at the Ace in downtown Orlando on February 15; the Florida Citrus Region PCA/924S944 Cup Autocross on February 21; and the Festivals of Speed at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando on March 14 with two 924s’s.