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The polar dip is alternated with ice shots from in front of our home this morning. I suppose there is no hope for the groundhog this year but a relief that not much more frigid cold to endure. These folks today were inspiring for those of us that dread the cold.


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Love Phil’s boat!



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Elli filming underwater.




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  1. Since the Groundhog’s first prediction in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 101 times and not seen it on just 17 occasions. There are nine missing years in the record, but Phil has issued a forecast without exception. Phil’s official Web site says he has “of course” issued a correct forecast 100 percent of the time. But NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center says Phil’s forecasts have shown “no predictive skill” in recent years. AccuWeather finds the rodent has an 80 percent accuracy rate.

    NOAA says Groundhog Day originated as an ancient celebration of the mid-point between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

    “Superstition has it that fair weather [at this midpoint] was seen as forbearance of a stormy and cold second half to winter,” NOAA writes in its summary of Groundhog Day background and folklore.

    February 2, 2015 at 10:27 am

  2. Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 10:30 pm
    By PHIL RIGGAN Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Call it crazy, brave or therapeutic — Richmond now has a winter festival that embraces the icy waters of the James River.
    On Saturday, Keep Virginia Beautiful held the first Shiver in the River. The event at Historic Tredegar brought nearly 400 participants for a 60-minute trash cleanup of the riverfront and surrounding area, followed by a plunge into the chilly waters of the James River and finished off by a winter festival with food trucks and music.
    Organizers estimated the number of plungers to be about 150 people. Most jumped in long enough to walk about 25 feet across Tredegar Beach to high-five Richmond Fire and Rescue crews, who were on hand to keep everyone safe. Despite the cold, there were no reported injuries (or heart attacks).
    Participants had to raise $75 in donations for the pleasure of jumping into the 37-degree waters of the James. The water level was at about 5.25 feet at the time of the event, according to the Westham gauge.
    Several participants were not bothered by the chilly water.
    “It was not as bad as we thought it would be — life is about doing things outside of your comfort zone,” said Kimberly Mays, an elementary school teacher from Hanover County who also brought several friends to pick up litter before braving the cold water.
    Richard Day, a resident of Richmond’s Museum District, said he was going to consider the icy waters of the James therapy for a hamstring injury. He also brought his son, Luke, out to pick up trash before taking the plunge.
    “It’s a good cause, and I like to get out and help the community, he said. “We love the river and use it often, so we should clean it up, too.”
    Mike Baum, executive director of Keep Virginia Beautiful, said the goal was to grow Shiver in the River and make it an annual winter tradition.
    The event was created to raise funds for Keep Virginia Beautiful, whose mission is to support programs that include litter prevention, recycling and the beautification of Virginia.

    (804) 649-6765
    Twitter: @RigganRVA

    February 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

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