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PUNXSUTAWNEY â The president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, Bill Deeley, said it is his fault that Punxsutawney Philâs forecast might have missed the mark this year.
Punxsy Phil, who is the worldâs most famous weather prognosticating groundhog, has been charged with misrepresentation of spring, a felony âagainst the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio,â according to Cincinnati prosecutor Mike Gmoser.
âPhil did nothing wrong; it was my interpretation of what he told me that is messed up. I totally blew it,â said Deeley, who interprets Philâs forecast on Feb. 2 through the secret language of Groundhogese.
âI was a hero on Groundhog Day morning when I interpreted Philâs prediction that spring was on its way,â he said.
Deeley said that he also had it wrong last year when he interpreted six more weeks of winter when, in reality, it was a very mild winter.
Deeley said the attorney from Cincinnati got himself on the map through his claim, adding that he felt the attack on the Prognosticator of Prognosticators may have been a bit harsh.
âI think putting Phil to death is a little extreme. If he (Gmoser) wants to put me to death for misinterpreting what Phil told me, then so be it,â Deeley said, adding that Gmoser had already said the whole thing was tongue-in-cheek.
Deeley said that while he didnât think it was a good thing that spring didnât spring so early as it was hoped, the misinterpretation may not have been the worst thing in the world.
âDo you realize the amount of publicity about Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day that we receive every year, even if it is people saying that Phil is wrong?â he said.
âYou know what I say? âKeep talkinâ about me,ââ Deeley said. âIâm the fall guy; Iâm the interpreter, and I blew it. Itâs not Philâs fault. Iâm the one who misinterpreted his forecast.â
Deeley said that the Punxsutawney Borough Police are keeping a close eye on their monitors to make sure that Phil remains safe in his borough that is located in the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.