"There is no way this winter is ever going to end as long as that groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don't see any way out of it. He's got to be stopped. And I have to stop him." -- Bill Murray, Groundhog Day
For those who haven't heard, Punxsutawney Phil failed to see his shadow this morning, meaning winter is over! Of course, he also failed to see the strong blast of Arctic air moving toward Punxsutawney. But, as far as I know, Phil is not a member of the American Meteorlogical Society, so perhaps that can be forgiven.
Phil is also not an astronomer. 6 and a half weeks from today, on March 20, is the first day of spring. So, in the literal sense, spring can never come early; on Groundhog Day, there will always be six more weeks of winter. But, you may already be noticing the first hints of spring. The days are starting to get longer quite rapidly. I noticed yesterday that, despite having to work late, it was still light when I left my office.