Groundhog Day

There is always something to celebrate. At least, I like to think there is. Sometimes it is difficult. But today, for this Spring loving happy dude, our brave groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow. So says the news straight from Pennsylvania!

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa —Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog has made his prediction.

On Saturday morning, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and predicted an early spring.

Legend has it if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, expect six more weeks of winter-like weather. If not, expect spring-like temperatures.

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney. That’s about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 19 times. No records exist for the remaining years.


That means Spring is coming early! Coming from a week where the Polar Vortex reached down and grabbed the Midwest by its heart, this is very welcome news to a lot of people.

For those of you who love the cold weather, because it means sweaters, hot tea, blankets, and other comfy cozies, I don’t think you have to worry too much. Winter will be here long enough to get your fill. For those of us that would rather spend our days out in the sun enjoying nature, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

How many of you are getting your Bill Murray fix in by binge-watching the movie, Groundhog Day, today?


Groundhog photo by Abigail Lynn on Unsplash

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