To See or Not to See Phil’s Shadow? That is the question!

For some of us, we wake up early every February 2nd morning to see the groundhog’s prediction [if you will] of what the weather has in store for us.  So when did this all begin?

Since a groundhog hibernates for the winter, its coming out of the ground is a natural sign of spring. In Europe centuries ago, people watched for other hibernating animals such as bears and hedgehogs, as a sign to the end of the winter season.  Germans who immigrated to Pennsylvania  in the 1800s began keeping an eye on the groundhog. The widespread population of the rodent made it a handy agent for this particular weather superstition

“Phil” the infamous Groundhog who resides in Pennsylvania, is the center of attention on Feburary 2 with huge festivities that include food, music and crowds of people just before sunrise.  Traditionally, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an early Spring (YAY!)   Across the United States and Canada this day is known as “Groundhog Day.” Phil’s predictions have been correct about 40% of the time! Sorry Ladies, Phil is taken-he is a married hog…I mean Groundhog..he resides with his wife Phyllis .

Are you excited about Phil’s prediction this year?


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