prediction http://michiganradio.org en Spring prediction: Michigan's Woody vs. Punxsutawney Phil http://michiganradio.org/post/spring-prediction-michigans-woody-vs-punxsutawney-phil <p>While many in the Midwest chose to stay buried under the covers this morning amidst the snow storm that blanketed the region, Punxsutawney Phil, the famed weather prognosticator, ventured out to let us know whether or not we should expect an early spring. Upon being presented to the crowd at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, <a href="http://www.groundhog.org/">Phil failed to see his shadow</a>, thereby predicting an early spring for everyone.</p><p>Today marks the <a href="http://www.groundhog.org/groundhog-day/about-groundhog-day/">125<sup>th</sup> annual Groundhog Day ceremony</a> featuring the meteorological predictions of the large marmot. Since Phil’s first prediction in 1887, he has failed to see his shadow only 15 times. Most meteorologists suggest that Phil’s predictions lack scientific justification. But, as many struggle to dig their way out of over a foot of snow in temperatures near zero, it remains unclear whether Phil is an optimist attempting to lift our spirits or just a sarcastic rodent.</p><p>Meanwhile, at the <a href="http://www.howellnaturecenter.org/">Howell Conference and Nature Center</a> in Livingston County, Woody the Woodchuck made her own prognostication regarding the arrival of spring for Michigan. Upon being presented to the crowd in Howell, Woody promptly saw her shadow, predicting another six weeks of winter, and perhaps inadvertently starting a meteorological feud between the two prophetic marmots. Only time will tell who has true powers of prophesy, but, after last night’s winter storm, odds are currently in Woody’s favor. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:59:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & Zoe Clark 1129 at http://michiganradio.org Spring prediction: Michigan's Woody vs. Punxsutawney Phil Analyst: Auto sales could reach 17 million by 2015 http://michiganradio.org/post/analyst-auto-sales-could-reach-17-million-2015 <div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">At a presentation to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit yesterday, Michael Robinet, director of global production forecasters at <a href="http://auto.ihs.com/">IHS Automotive,</a> said U.S. auto sales could reach 17 million in 4 years.</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Robinet predicts sales will exceed 12.8 million next year and 16 million in 2013.&nbsp; As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101203/BUSINESS01/12030352/U.S.-auto-sales-could-top-17-million-by-2015#ixzz174SYR100">reports</a>:</div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">&nbsp;</div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">That would be a huge reversal from the historically low sales levels that brought the industry to its knees during the recent recession. The last time industry sales exceeded 17 million was in 2001.</div></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">U.S. car sales were <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/good-numbers-us-car-makers">up by 17 percent</a> last month. The country's <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/us-car-sales-up-in-november-2150600.html">most popular</a> automakers in November were:</div><ol><li style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">General Motors</li><li style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Ford</li><li style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Toyota</li><li style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Honda (American)</li><li style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Chrysler Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:50:19 +0000 Zoe Clark 455 at http://michiganradio.org Analyst: Auto sales could reach 17 million by 2015