A Foggy Groundhog Morning
I guess this is a case of “pick your groundhog” for today as any furry forecaster in Houston faced a foggy morning: so no shadow means an early spring! On the other hand, the more famous and fawned over Punxsutawney Phil DID see his shadow in the early Pennsylvania morning declaring six more weeks of winter. If you don’t recall, that shadow tells Phil to get back in his hovel and prepare for more cold.
Punxsutawney Phil's town misses Groundhog Day boost
Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. “The economic impact was really bad.”The mayor said the community of roughly 6,000 residents swells with between 10,000 to 15,000 tourists on Groundhog Day. Ad“On a normal Groundhog Day, there are so many festivities and the businesses and restaurants are inundated,” the Republican said. She said Groundhog Day typically gives local merchants a boost at a time of year when tourism is usually slow. Groundhog Day has its origin in a German legend about a furry rodent.
A gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil says more winter
Groundhog Club President Jeff Lundy interacts with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties. Punxsutawney Phil may be the most famous groundhog seer but he's certainly not the only one. There are two other high-profile “imposters,” as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club calls them, in the region. Connecticut marked Groundhog Day with a hedgehog making the prediction after the state’s official groundhog, Chuckles X, died last year.
Here is what to know about Groundhog Day
I know it’s silly to some, but we do know that the groundhog really exists (unlike some of our favorites). Like any good forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil takes great pride in telling us all what the future will bring. In case you forgot, if Phil sees his shadow then obviously it’s a sunny, clear day and we get six more weeks of winter. What you might not know is this all started around the Christian holiday, Candlemas, which is Feb. 2. The Americans went with a groundhog, and since 1886 that groundhog has been Punxsutawney Phil!
Squirrel predicts winner of 2020 election
(NBC NEWS) – Pennsylvania may have Punxsutawney Phil to predict the season, but South Carolina has an election-predicting squirrel. Voters across the country are casting their ballot early in the 2020 Presidential Election, and that’s no different for a squirrel named ChrisChris. “The Squirrel Vote” puts to the test ChrisChris' ability to see if he’ll correctly choose the winner of the 2020 election in November. The way the vote works is that 10 nuts will be placed in two separate bowls that have each candidate’s name attached to it. Whichever one he eats the most hazelnuts out of will be determined the winner.