Well, it’s Groundhog Day…Again


What is Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day on February 2 is when we find out if we get six more weeks of Winter. Each year on Groundhog Day, people flock to Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to await the forecast of the local rodent celebrity. This rodent celebrity is named Punxsutawney Phil. Legend has it that if Phil can see his shadow on February 2, then we can expect the winter season to continue for six more weeks but if the weather is cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, we can expect warmer temperatures and early spring. The first-ever Groundhog Day was created by a local newspaper editor Clymer Freas around 1886, who convinced Groundhog hunter and local businessman, and all members of his Punxsutawney Groundhog club on the idea of Groundhog Day. Altogether, they all made their way to Gobbler’s Knob where the Groundhog would make the final decision on the weather. This morning Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. It marked the 106th time that Phil saw his shadow since the tradition began in 1886.