Today is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. This is a tradition that has enthralled the world for over 100 years. And, according to the official Groundhog Day Inner Circle, Punxsutawney Phil—The Punxsutawney Phil—has never been wrong. Think about that when you remember this morning’s weather forecast for your area. Then think about it again tonight, when you realize that this morning’s prediction was completely off. Do you ever wonder how great it would be to have a job at which you can be totally wrong—almost all the time?
Throughout the years, we’ve made our weather preparations based on the events of this very day. This is the day we decide to pack up our parkas, or make a run for more thermal underwear. On this historic occasion—every February 2—Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobblers Knob.
He looks around, and if he sees his shadow, he informs the Groundhog Club President in “Groundhogese” that six more weeks of bad weather is forecasted and then purposefully ambles back into his hole. If the day is cloudy and Phil does not see his shadow, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays outside to party with the crowd, pose for pictures, and sign autographs (well, maybe not that last part).
Phil came out bright and early this morning and decided to hit the snooze button for six more weeks. So there you have it folks–sweaters and coats for just a little bit longer!
If you want to learn more about Groundhog Day, visit http://www.groundhog.org.