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Happy Groundhog Day! An Early Spring On The Way?

Submitted by on February 2, 2011 – 8:16 am2 Comments

Punxsutawney Phil (gotta love that name) predicted an early spring this morning for Groundhog Day, a day after an ice storm hit New York and the country’s severest snow storm ever struck over 20 states from Texas to Maine.

On February 2 each year, the town of Punxsutawney, PA celebrates the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob, located in a rural area about two miles east of town. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he will predict six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, he will predict an early spring—as he did this morning.

During the rest of the year, Phil comically lives in the town library with his “wife,” Phyllis. A select group, called the Inner Circle, takes care of Phil year-round and also plans the annual ceremony. Members of the Inner Circle are recognizable by their top hats and tuxedos. Punxsutawney Phil fans say there is only one Phil (all the other groundhog weathermen are impostors) and that he’s made weather prognostications for over 120 years as of 2010—even though evidence suggests that groundhogs have a average lifespan of 10 years in captivity and six years in the wild, with a maximum lifespan of 14 years in captivity documented. Those who believe in the folklore say every summer Phil is fed a sip of the mysterious “Groundhog Punch,” which magically lengthens his life for seven years. This is done by Inner Circle members.

According to the Groundhog Club, Phil, after making the prediction, speaks to the Club President in “Groundhogese,” which only the Inner Circle appear to understand, and then his prediction is translated for the entire world.

While it all sounds a tad far-fetched, after the miserable winter we’ve had here on the East Coast we’ll believe anything!

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