Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Spring to arrive early, Tonganoxie Phil prognosticates

Dr. Phil Stevens, also known as Tonganoxie Phil each Groundhog Day, did not see his shadow Tuesday. Stevens took on the role of Tonganoxie Phil for a Kansas City, Mo. radio station for a few years and continues the “meteorology” role today. Pictured with him is a stuffed toy groundhog that a patient gave him a few years ago.

Dr. Phil Stevens, also known as Tonganoxie Phil each Groundhog Day, did not see his shadow Tuesday. Stevens took on the role of Tonganoxie Phil for a Kansas City, Mo. radio station for a few years and continues the “meteorology” role today. Pictured with him is a stuffed toy groundhog that a patient gave him a few years ago.

February 9, 2011

A local Phil has given his prediction after Groundhog Day: An early spring is coming.

Dr. Phil Stevens, named Tonganoxie Phil by a Kansas City radio station years ago as a local answer to Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, said he didn’t see his shadow on Wednesday, Feb. 2.

Because of this past week’s snowstorm, his downtown office was closed. Tonganoxie Phil didn’t burrow out of his home, and thus, didn’t see his shadow. And that should mean good news for folks in Tonganoxie. No shadow means warmer weather.

“Early spring, I’m all for that,” Stevens said. “I really think we’re going to have a nice early spring.”

Stevens first was asked to be Tonganoxie Phil in the late 1990s by a Kansas City radio station. It’s no longer a radio tradition, but Stevens still offers up prognostications every Groundhog Day if asked.

As for his success rate when it comes to predicting the weather: “It’s been spotty,” Stevens said. “Once in a while, I get it right, but usually not.

“I think I’ll hang on to my day job. I get in less trouble that way.”

The longtime physician will stick to his practice, but Tonganoxie Phil sure hopes his prediction holds true.

“I’ve had enough for the rest of my life,” Stevens said about the snow. “If I never saw a snowflake again, I’d just be delighted.”

Comments

advk8 3 years, 5 months ago

I just visited my Mom, Geraldine Jones, on her 86th birthday on Saturday, and the first thing she did was show me this article about everyone's most beloved doctor and friend, Dr. Stevens. So many fond memories of him, and no way to begin to enumerate all the lives he has touched. I hope you see this, Dr. Stevens! It's been many years since I've seen you, but you will always be the standard that I measure all other physicians by...I'd venture to say that goes for a lot of us! God bless such a good, kind and gentle human being.

Sincerely,

Becky (Jones) Hill Doniphan, MO

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