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Big Al

About Al

Big Al is a 92-year old, 1,000 pound, 13.4-foot alligator prognosticator from Beaumont, Texas. On February 2, Al is offered a chicken breast to chow down on. According to his owner, Gary Saurage, ”If this alligator eats, that means we are done with winter. If he doesn’t, don’t bring your swimsuits out yet.” While groundhogs have a spotty record of predictions, “alligators tell the truth. They’ve been around for millions and millions of years. That’s why we truly believe alligators know when to eat.” Perhaps unfairly, considering Al’s record-setting heft, Saurage insists that there is no need to check with an ‘overgrown hedgehog.’

Big Al
Big Al
Al is an Alligator

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Past predictions

Year Saw shadow? Prediction
2024 Nope, no shadow Early spring
2023 Yes, saw shadow More winter
2022 Yes, saw shadow More winter
2021 Yes, saw shadow More winter
2020 Nope, no shadow Early spring

All 8 predictions