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Consider yourselves warned, loyal THG readers:
The following clip really stinks.
It features meteorologist Patrick Ellis of Mississippi’s WLBT, who is just going about his business of reporting on the weather when the child of a legal expert (who made an earlier appearance on the broadcast) wanders into the frame.
How cute, right? How precious and adorable, no?
No. Not exactly. Not after what the child proceeds to do and say.
Live on the air during the 6 o'clock forecast on Saturday, March 4, the very young man shrikes in excitement before letting a very loud fart rip from his buttocks.
“We’ve got a little bit of, uh, interesting things going on right now,” Ellis says, trying to keep his cool as the kid moves closer to cut the cheese.
Smiling and yet remaining professional, Ellis invites the child to help him with the forecast.
“Yeah, there are farts everywhere and toots,” he says. “It’s crazy.”
It sure is!
The child's father then swoops in to remove his smelly son from the area.
It's pretty amazing all around… and it isn't the first time we've reported on an unusual weather report interruption.
CHECK OUT THE FART-BASED FOOTAGE NOW:
The rodent. The myth. The legend.
Punxsutawney Phil, the Western Pennsylvania great without whom Groundhog Day would not be a thing, is hours away from doing HIS thing:
Making his annual prediction early Thursday morning, LIVE from the Keystone State, to inform the masses how early 2017 will shake out.
Will there be a shadow sighting, thus signaling six more weeks of winter? Or will there be no shadow, and thus, an early spring on the horizon?
Only Punxsutawney Phil knows.
Groundhog Day, of course, is when the affable, rotund critter emerges from Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., at bitter cold daybreak.
He either sees his shadow or he doesn’t. A lot rides on this, given that if there is a shadow sighting, six more weeks of winter remain.
No shadow? Early spring, baby!
The odds of that are not great.
In 119 years, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted the coming of “early spring” but 18 times, not a shock since he lives in Western Pennsylvania.
Not to mention, one of those times was 2013, when record snowfall totals proceeded to pound much of the U.S. not even a week later.
On the flip side, he’s basically nailed it three straight years since that debacle, with shadow sightings portending wintry weather in 2014-15.
In 2016, Phil did not see his shadow and North America saw its mildest winter in recorded history throughout much of this great continent.
Hopefully, Punxsy decides to get some rest tonight and not watch Arrow online. We need him on his game, because too much is at stake.
The current forecast for Thursday a.m. for the Weather Capitol of the World is cloudy with a chance of snow showers, for what it’s worth.
How it plays out is anyone’s guess.
No one can say. Except Phil.
So just sit back, relax, think about your favorite scenes from Groundhog Day the movie and bask in the glory that is this American holiday.
The way things are going so far in 2017, we could all use a respite from political and cultural tumult. Punxsy Phil is here to give it to us.
For that, we thank him.