Every year millions of Americans turn their focus to the small town of Punxsutawney, PA as they anxiously await a groundhog’s bold weather prediction. That is right, Groundhog Day as it is known by many, takes place every year on February 2nd with the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil declaring whether there will be six more weeks of winter. The previous two years Phil has not seen his shadow, predicting an early spring. That pattern was interrupted this morning as the groundhog awoke at 7:30am and made his prediction there would be six more weeks of winter. “Now, when I turn to see, there’s a perfect shadow cast of me. Six more weeks of winter there will be,” one of Phil’s handlers announced on his behalf.
As we enter the end of our winter season in the Northeast, the mild winter combined with global oversupply fears has caused liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices to plummet and the worst may not be over.
Make no mistake, winter plays a big part of our daily lives. When you are involved in the transportation industry, it can have a huge impact! Icy roads can cause accidents and delays, increasing the demand for carriers. Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, with our first snowfall on record books, we can say that winter is coming.
This morning many of us woke to much colder temperatures than normal. Fifteen states from Tennessee to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories. More than 70 million people could see accumulated snow from Colorado to Maine. A quick moving storm moved from the Midwest causing problems for commuters across the area.