Several days ago, Bloomington's temperatures dipped well below zero. Schools closed, U.S. Postal Services stopped delivering and more than 15 people died, according to news reports. Now, temperatures could reach near-spring weather — in February — with a high of 63 degrees and sunshine Sunday.
Punxsutawney Phil, Groundhog Day’s famous groundhog, predicted this weather. Phil rose from his hole at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Pennsylvania and did not see his shadow, forecasting an early spring.
Groundhog Day is merely a tradition and is not based on scientific research. Although Phil has not always been correct, it seems that his early spring prediction is coming true for Bloomington.
Temperatures increased by almost 50 degrees in just two days. Monday is expected to have a high of 58 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. There is a 40 percent chance of rain Monday, and a 90 to 100 percent chance Wednesday and Thursday. There is no chance of snow this week.
Temperatures will remain in the 40s and 50s until Friday when the high will be 31 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are not expected to drop below 30 degrees in the next two weeks, meaning the frigid and dangerous weather is over for now.
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