Punxsutawney Phil, that world famous groundhog, came out of his burrow in Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, PA just after 7:30 a.m. this morning to work his magic. So, what did Phil predict? Six more weeks of winter ! Sorry, folks, but Phil has spoken.
Did you know...
Groundhog Day grew out of a mainly German superstition that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow February 2 -- the Christian holiday of Candlemas, halfway between Winter and Spring-- winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will be early.
Pennsylvania's official celebration of Groundhog Day began on February 2nd, 1886 with a proclamation in The Punxsutawney Spirit by the newspaper's editor, Clymer Freas: "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow." The groundhog was given the name "Punxsutawney Phil, Weather Prophet Extraordinary'' and his hometown thus called the "Weather Capital of the World.'' His debut performance: no shadow - early Spring. The legendary first trip to Gobbler's Knob was made the following year.
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