County 10 catches up with Lander Lil while scanning for her shadow
Lander’s famous weather forecasting prairie dog, Lander Lil, popped up promptly at 7:28 am to see if she was casting a shadow. The shadow would indicate 6 more weeks of winter. County 10 was on the scene so we pressed Lil for a brief interview. She complied:
County 10: Good morning Lil. Can you share with people a bit about your background?
Lander Lil: Sure, been at this since 1984. Mary Ann Atwood made me famous, and while now in bronze, I was once a live female prairie dog. Artist Bev Paddleford of Lander made me beautiful in bronze. Where I stand today used to be a prairie dog colony. Just me now…
County 10: Nationally, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania seems to get the more press than you. Thoughts?
Lander Lil: Wyoming–being the Equality State–realized that we’d be smarter to tap female intuition as it relates to weather prognostication. Phil’s okay, but the world’s changing and women are getting more recognition for their contributions. I’m proof of that. Did you know that Phil has only been correct 39% of the time? Yeah, that’s true. Punxsutawney Pretender if you ask me.
County 10: So, what’s the verdict? Have you spotted your shadow?
Lander Lil: For the record: No. There’s some light cloud cover in the eastern skies. No sun, no shadow, early spring. But, you wouldn’t know it today. At 18 degrees, I’m freezing my tail off!