Did the groundhog see his shadow? Groundhog Day is February 2 and if you hate winter, you’re probably anxious to find out if Punxsutawney Phil will predict an early spring or six more weeks of bone-chilling cold and snow.
It’s bad news for those who hate winter. Phil saw his shadow this morning, so we’re supposedly in for 6 more weeks of winter. Say it isn’t so.
Shadow! Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter! #GroundhogDay
— visit PA (@visitPA) February 2, 2015
The famous groundhog’s prediction is just hours away. Visit PA reports that Phil will emerge from his home on Gobbler’s Knob on Monday at approximately 7:20 a.m. on Monday and hopefully he won’t see his shadow — that’s supposedly a sure sign that winter will last six more weeks.
“According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.”
In simple terms it comes down to this: No shadow = spring is on its way. Shadow = six more weeks of winter.
— PA Tourism PR Team (@patourismpr) January 29, 2015
February 2 marks the 129th time the groundhog will make a prediction based on seeing, or not seeing, his shadow. Every year, crowds of people brave the cold in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to witness the big event. If you feel the need to stand out in the cold to see the groundhog crawl out of a hole in the ground, bundle up. Accuweather reports that it will be frigid outside on Monday, with 14 degree temps and there is a possibility of snow in the forecast.
Last year, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter and, sure enough, it was cold right up to the first day of Spring. The groundhog had good news to share in 2013 — he didn’t see his shadow and announced that Spring would come early. Most people can’t remember if that actually happened, but winter officially ended on March 19.
If you are up early, you can watch the announcement live online. According to Groundhog.org, Phil will check for his shadow and make the official announcement on a live streaming webcast that starts at 7:20 a.m. ET — can you think of a better way to start your Monday?
Didn’t wake up in time? Phil is a social groundhog, so follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and/or YouTube to find out the good — or bad — news. The Groundhog Day results will be posted on Facebook and tweeted out on Twitter (@VisitPA) right after he makes his yearly prognostication. The whole event will be shared on the official Groundhog Day YouTube channel as well.
Are you hoping for an early Spring or do you love winter so much that you are hoping the groundhog sees his shadow?