February 2, 2018

Some Fun Facts About Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is on the second of February.
Why February 2? It falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
The very first Groundhog Day was on February 2,1887.
 Germans who settled in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania first began looking to the
groundhog to predict the weather and determine the length of winter.
Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks - as in, How much wood could one chuck?  

After hibernating all winter, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow. 
If he sees his shadow, 6 more weeks of cold weather are in store for us.
However, if he doesn't see his shadow, spring weather will arrive early.

The event is emceed by an Inner Circle of top hat-donned officials. 
As far as accuracy is concerned, Phil has only nailed his prediction 40% of the time.

Punxsutawney, with a population of just under 6,000,
attracts tens of thousands of folks each year for the brouhaha.
Punxsutawney is the Delaware Indian word for "town of the sandflies." (Oh, dear.)


Quite a gig for a rodent!

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