Groundhog Day 2016

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Spring is coming! America’s most iconic weather forecaster, the Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, „told” this to the president of the groundhog club after not seeing his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob in the town northeast of Pittsburgh.

Legend says that if Phil does not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be early springlike weather.

Punxsutawney Phil announced his prediction in front of a crowd of thousands.

Following three taps on the door to the burrow, Phil, the „prognosticator of prognosticators,” emerged from his burrow shortly after 7:20 a.m., making the announcement in „groundhogese” to Bill Deeley, the president of the „Inner Circle,” a group tasked with caring for Phil and organizing the event each year.

The president, legend states, is the only person capable of understanding Punxsutawney Phil.

Should you be ready for swimsuit weather by the end of February? Perhaps not. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pegs Phil’s accuracy at about 45%.

Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of All Prognosticators, was awakened from his burrow to the cheers of his thousands of faithful followers….

In Groundhogese, he directed the President and the Inner Circle to the precise prediction Scroll, which translated reads:

The Inner Circle goes to great ends
To keep me abreast of latest ....................
Down in my burrow I never get ....................
.................... on my hover board
And I sure have fun .................... my drone
But weather forecasting is my comfort ....................
Is this .................... warm weather more than a trend?
Per .................... this winter has come to an end?
There is no .................... to be cast,
An .................... Spring is my forecast!


Wordlist:

  • a groundhog – a small animal with short legs and rough, reddish-brown fur that lives in North America – świstak
  • Gobbler’s Knob – link
  • to announce – to make something known or tell people about something officially – ogłosić
  • a tap – a gentle knock or touch – stukanie
  • a burrow – a hole in the ground dug by an animal such as a rabbit – nora
  • a prognosticator – someone who makes predictions of the future – prognosta
  • to emerge from – appear – wyłonić się
  • groundhogese – the language of groundhogs – język świstaków
  • to state – to say something clearly and carefully – oświadczyć
  • capable of – able to do something – zdolny
  • to peg – to fasten something in place – umocować, tutaj: ustalić
  • accuracy – the fact of being exact or correct – dokładność
  • a seer – an authoritative person who knows the future – jasnowidz, wieszcz
  • to awaken – wake up – obudzić
  • a cheer – a loud shout of approval – wiwat, okrzyk
  • a follower – someone who supports, admires, or believes in a particular person, group, or idea – zwolennik
  • a scroll – a long roll of paper with usually official writing on it – zwój
  • to go to great ends – to try very hard – bardzo się starać
  • to keep abreast of – to be up to date – być na bieżąco
  • a hover board – link
  • to cast shadow – send shadow – rzucać cień

Na podstawie: cnn.com & Ruptly Tv & youtube.com & news.nationalgeographic.com

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