If you’ve never heard of Snohomish Slew you are in for a treat and good chuckle.

On February 2, 2013, Snohomish Slew challenges Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to a battle for the most accurate weather forecast.  What will be our fate?  Will spring arrive in 6 weeks or will we be ribbitt-ed by showers and slush? While it is true that “Phil” has been forecasting the weather for decades, there is little hope of an East Coast woodchuck giving a very accurate prediction for the coming of Spring in the Great Northwest.  Only the Frog-nosticator Snohomish Slew can croak the impending meteorological fate of our region.

The GroundFrog’s full name is actually “Snohomish Slew, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.” Slew is named after the sloughs on the Snohomish River where his ancestor settled. Slew is reputed by townspeople to be more than 100 years old.  Truth is Slew XX is a descendant of the Great Snohomish Slew who migrated from New York to the shore of the Snohomish River.  Slew’s gift of Northwest weather prediction is a rare genetic trait.  However, some say the gift also comes from the refreshing Slew Dew that he is so fond of drinking, sometimes in large quantities.

Slew’s frog-nostication and weather prediction occur at Avenue A and First Street in Downtown Snohomish, Washington. The Ceremony is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a FREE EVENT TO THE PUBLIC. You can get all the details at GroundFrogday.org.