Punxsutawney Phil says prepare for early spring?

It’s Groundhog Day and Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his hole this morning without seeing his shadow, so prepare for an early spring.

“Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end,” Phil said through his top hat-wearing translator. “There is no shadow to be cast. An early spring is my forecast.”

As far as accuracy goes, the StormFax Weather Almanac said since the groundhog began predicting the length of winter in 1887, Phil has been right about 39 percent of the time.

Texas has so far enjoyed a relatively mild winter, so let’s hope Phil is right this time.