Incase you missed the Annual Groundhog Day prediction over the weekend we wanted to let you know that Punxsutawney Phil predicted that there will be an early spring. He did not see his shadow! According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Lucky for us this year means spring is coming early, or so we hope!
Did you know that Groundhog Day as we know it in the U.S. started because the Pennsylvania Dutch farmers wanted to know if spring was coming early or not. That information helped them decide when they should plant seeds and half their hay. Do you agree with Punxsatawney Phil’s prediction?
Phil let us down (Photo credit: misterbisson)
Spring is officially a month away today, but the flowers called snowdrops are more likely to appear this week than snowflakes. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday could see highs in the low 60s – marks more commonly found in early April. So much for Punxsatawney Phil’s Groundhog’s Day prediction of six more weeks of winter.
Today and Tuesday should have highs of about 50 – just above the low expected Thursday night. Normal for this time of year are lows in the upper 20s and highs in the mid 40s. The week also has a chance to be a damp one, with showers mentioned as a possibility – not a probability – Tuesday afternoon and night, Wednesday night, and Thursday into Friday. The best chance for rain is 50-50 Friday. The weekend should clear up but cool down, with more seasaonal highs in the mid 40s and lows near freezing in the city.
Today thousands of people from all around the nation traveled to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; a town about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. You may be asking yourself, Why would anyone travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania? Well if you didn’t get the hint from the title of this article, It is for the annual ceremony to see if the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil would cast a shadow or not?
Incase you are not as knowledgeable about the holiday known as “Groundhog Day” like myself, Here is some background information… “Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.”
At this point you are probably curious whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not? Because lets get real, who wants another 6 weeks of winter. Regardless if the legend is true or not, I would rather have Phil not see his shadow just incase there is some truth behind the Holiday… As you can tell I enjoy warm weather and everything Spring has to offer. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow today, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter and shattering my dreams of Spring coming early this year. As far as this year goes, I am going to have to say the day known as “Groundhog Day” and the tales that go with it are a complete myth… Maybe next year Punxsutawney Phil will make a believer out of me by not seeing his shadow therefore bringing Spring early!