According to a clairvoyant named Passy Pete, it's time to pluck shorts and summer dresses.
Since 2015, residents of Belfast, Maine, pick the lobster from the bay each year and gather to look at it. He chooses between two scrolls. One predicts six more summer weeks, while the other predicts an early winter.
For the first three years of the tradition, Passy Pete predicted six more summer weeks. Last year and this year, WABI reports, Mainers were less fortunate.
"Friends of Belfast, on this second day of September – Labor Day in 2019," read Belfaster Baron Dave Crabiel from the scroll Pete had selected "It's in your best interests to pick up your coats, your sister's to say that she should return the ones you lent her, that Cathy, the harbourmaster, should remove the boats, and that everyone is preparing for the winter. "Thereupon a moan arose from spectators.
"Every four years to this point he was accurate," said Crabiel WABI. "Well I do not know – we'll see, it's not the result we wanted."
Crabiel and his business partners came up with the idea of creating a forecast for crustaceans to maintain summer tourism even after the peak of the season. "While Belfast is a great community all year round, we certainly see an increase in tourist business in the summer," he told WABI, "so we thought what if there was an anti-groundhog, someone who to predict a longer summer instead of predicting winter? "does not need to fear retaliation from angry Belfast residents.
Will Passy Pete One Day Become As Popular as Punxsutawney Phil?" We hope so.