Arizona’s Version of Groundhog Day

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Agua Fria Freddie 2013

While Punxsutawney
Phil is famous for his annual weather prognostications on February 2nd, he
lacks knowledge of weather in Arizona.

Legend has
it that a lesser-known prognosticator lives right here in Arizona with a 95%
accuracy rate.

Locals know him as Agua Fria Freddie, a shadow-seeking
rattlesnake that comes out every year on February 2nd to predict the
coming of Spring to us desert-dwellers.

This event
is actually a non-event, as we cannot find record of any gathering to watch
this legend search for his shadow. There are some legitimate reasons for not
having an actual event to celebrate his findings this year. 

  • Nobody ever
    volunteers to get close enough to look for the shadow of a rattlesnake.
  • Tourists
    are already in shorts and t-shirts
  • The big
    party is at the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament
  • Super Bowl
    party-throwers are preparing for tomorrow
  • Rustler’s
    got to Freddie first and he’s an appetizer

It’s not
difficult to predict when Spring will arrive in Arizona when the sun shines
about 300 days a year, but it is comforting to know that Agua Fria Freddie is
watching out for us. Just watch out for him the other 364 days a year when
you’re hiking around South Mountain.

We hear
that the TV stations in Phoenix are hiring Tukee the weather parrot to fill in
over the Summer.

“Hot &

Rick Garrett

The Markit Team

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