It’s Groundhog Day
Today is February 2nd, Groundhog Day, and we get the most accurate weather prediction for the rest of the season from the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Earlier this morning, Phil made his way out of his little home in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania and now the results.
According to groundhog.org:
“And so ye faithful,
there is no shadow to see
An early Spring for you and me.”
Here are a few fun facts about Groundhog Day from groundhog.org:
“Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog.
On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May…”
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip.”