Created from age-old folklore and manifested into tradition, Groundhog Day is a special occasion that many look forward to during the year to see what the remainder of the winter season will be like. The tradition, coming from the Pennsylvania Dutch, claims that if a groundhog comes out of its hole on February 2nd and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If the groundhog sees no shadow, early spring is coming.
The first Groundhog Day celebration started all the way back in 1887, and has since remained a strong tradition in Punxsutawney, PA. On Sunday, February 2nd, Punxsutawney was frigid and snowy, which had spectators guessing as to what Phil’s prediction would be. Around 7:25am, Phil did not see his shadow, which means that early spring is coming, or at least, we hope so! This is one out of a mere 20 times that Phil has not seen his shadow, and the second year in a row that he’s missed it.
With an unseasonably mild winter for most of the United States, Phil’s prediction would make a lot of sense. This January saw some of the warmest temperatures on record, however, AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting seasonable winter weather to be present across a majority of the US, with the northeastern part of the country being the exception. I guess Phil is onto something!