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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Six more weeks of winter?!

Well, you wouldn’t think so, judging by today. The temps were so warm and the sky so clear (at least earlier in the day) that one could almost imagine spring being right around the corner. The kids got their bikes out and had a wonderful time.

Who says there will be six more weeks of winter? Why, Punxutawny Phil, of course. He saw his shadow in the clear morning sunshine. And what qualifies P. Phil to make such a prediction? Glad you asked. From his official website:

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, is a popular tradition in the United States. It is also a legend that traverses centuries, its origins clouded in the mists of time with ethnic cultures and animals awakening on specific dates. Myths such as this tie our present to the distant past when nature did, indeed, influence our lives. It is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

Answers to more of your FAQs about Groundhog Day:

1. Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

2. How often is Phil's prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course!

3. How many "Phils" have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years!

4. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking "groundhog punch," a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. No! Phil's forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.

8. 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..."

9. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.

10. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.


  • Cute post! I am hoping old man winter has finished with torturing us, but I have a feeling.....
    We had sun today too, so I worked in my flower gardens. Yesterday I picked a bouquet of English Violets. I am thinking SPRING!!!

    By Blogger Mountain Mama, at 12:14 AM  

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