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Chronicle photos by Lisa Carroll

Actually, we don't know if a groundhog from Pennsylvania with a funny name has any bearing on Oklahoma's weather. As far as we know, nothing has any bearing on Oklahoma's weather. We do know this, though. In Medicine Park, people have taken "go jump in a lake" seriously ... Bath Lake, that is. It's been going on for over 20 years no matter what the weather happens to be on the day of the Annual Polar Bear Plunge. Oh, by the way, know what a polar bear's favorite thing to eat is? 


It was a beautiful Oklahoma (winter?) day for the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Bath Lake in Medicine Park. Temperature was in upper 50s ... 60s? Not a cloud in the sky, so Poppy, the black-tailed prairie dog at the Medicine Park Aquarium didn't see her shadow. This means an early spring, said Doug Kemper, executive director of the aquarium. Black-tailed prairie dogs are native to Oklahoma. Punxsutawney Phil somewhere up in Pennsylvania didn't see his shadow on Groundhog's Day, Feb. 2, and also predicted an early spring. Sounds good, but guess we have to have a little winter first. Oklahoma has already had some nice, unseasonably warm weather going into February. At press time, most of the state is in a winter storm warning. Anyone want a do-over for an icy plunge at the lake?