Hoboken Spring – Will it Ever Truly Arrive? – Outdoor Café Spaces Remain Empty Due to Cold
As of April 1st, Hoboken allows outdoor seating for any restaurant and bar that has the permits for it. However, given this year’s cold spring to date much of the outdoor seating remains unused except for a few hearty folks. Once the weather does warm up Hoboken’s main streets should be buzzing with the outdoor café feel that make it one of New Jersey’s tourist destination spots, especially on weekends. In order to help Hoboken recover from Hurricane Sandy it would have been nice for these businesses to get a bit of a break but instead the cold continues. Mother Nature has been most unkind to Hoboken in the last three years with Snowmageddon 2010, Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012.
What ever happened to that prediction from Punxsutawney Phil on February 2nd that said spring was only 6 weeks away since he did not see his shadow? Some have remarked online that this groundhog should be sued for false advertising. In fact an Ohio based prosecutor Mike Gmoser has done just that, sued the allegedly lying Punxsutawney Phil for “misrepresenting an early spring.” This should not be taking too seriously though. Read more here: http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/national/2013/03/22/lawyer-sues-groundhog-punxsutawney-phil-seeks-death-penalty-for-being-dirty-liar/. All joking aside, I do think the death penalty for the fury rodent is a bit harsh. Where is Bob Barker when you need him?
The truth is long term weather forecasting isn’t reliable due to the complexities of weather and our current ability to model it effectively. So putting stock in a rodent as the harbinger of Spring should not surprise anyone when the forecast runs afoul. Perhaps monkeys shooting darts might be just as reliable. Anyway, here is hoping for a chnage in the weather soon. Hoboken’s diners could sure use it and Hoboken 411 is getting fatigued from blaming Mayor Zimmer for it. Even political mercenaries have their limits. Before you know Summer will be here. It time for Mother Nature to give us a break. Anyone up for a pagan weather dance?