Saturday, February 2, 2013
Will it be an early spring or six more weeks of winter? Find out what the furry forecaster had to say when he peeked out of his home in Punxsutawney.
On a chilly Saturday morning, it's hard not to wish that Punxsutawney Phil missed his shadow when he crawled out of his home to make his prediction. To the delight of the freezing masses gathered around Gobbler's Knob, Phil declared that there was no shadow to see, promising an early spring this year. According to the Stormfax Weather Almanac, Phil has correctly predicted the weather only 39 percent of the time since 1887. Still, with a week that saw 60 degree weather followed days after by snow blasts, getting the weather report from a woodland creature does not seem all that outlandish. Continue to stay warm, and we'll find out soon if good ol' Phil was right this time.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Do you think Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or is spring around the corner?
Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on Feb. 2. On this day, a groundhog comes out of its burrow and checks for his shadow to determine how soon spring will arrive. 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. So what do you think? Will he see is shadow and predict six more weeks of winter, or will it soon be spring? Vote in our poll.
With the recent cold snap, the prospect of Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter on Feb. 2 is especially daunting.
Groundhog Day is on Saturday, Feb. 2 this year, and the recent Arctic temperatures are giving the day a bit more resonance than usual. 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. Last year, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter while Staten Island Chuck called for an early spring. Groundhog Day and other similar legends are based on the beliefs of Europeans, but the true origins of the holiday are lost in time. The day originated from the Germans, Scots and early Christian Europeans. It is celebrated every year on Feb. 2. On this day, a groundhog comes out of its burrow and checks for his shadow to determine …