Groundhog Predicts Six More Weeks

Punxsutawney Phil Season Prediction Winter Shadow Pennsylvania

I had really never heard anything about the traditional Christian holiday until I became interested in Phil's prediction past year, although the foundation of it is right there laid out in Gospel of Luke.

How old is groundhog Phil?

As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow at dawn on February 2, six more weeks of winter are on its way. If it's cloudy when the groundhog emerges and he doesn't see his shadow, spring will arrive early.

The groundhog's prediction is typically contained in a short poem.

Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day, too. Mayor de Blasio famously dropped the Staten Island groundhog during the 2014 ceremony.

Canada has its own share of weather-forecasting mascots, including Wiarton Willie, an albino groundhog who is also due to make his spring prediction on Friday in southern Ontario.

The first official Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob was held in 1887.

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Groundhog Day is probably more synonymous with the Bill Murray movie of the same name than the actual celebration itself. Germans built upon the tradition by looking to the hedgehog as a predictor of weather, the legend goes, and German settlers in Pennsylvania later switched to the groundhog. Unless you happen to be the president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club - and holding the special ancient acacia wood cane.

This year, meteorologists predicted we'd be in for more cold.

Punxsutawney is where Groundhog Day originated on February 2, 1886, and is where a ceremony is held every year.

If you haven't heard, the nation's premiere groundhog, Puxatawney Phil, did see his shadow this morning, and he's forecast six more weeks of winter. While many are probably hoping for an end to the harsh cold and snow, the changing of the seasons now lies in the paws of Punxsutawney Phil.

When is Groundhog Day 2018? The tradition's roots are tied to the Christian holiday of Candlemas Day, celebrated every year on February 2.

Sussex County is home, at Space Farms, to weather-predicting groundhog Stonewall Jackson V who comes from a long line of oracular groundhogs- all named Stonewall Jackson.

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