Happy February 2 everyone! This day has come to be known as Groundhog Day. As you well know, if the groundhog comes out of his burrow and sees his shadow, six additional weeks of winter are said to be in store. If he does not see his shadow, it is said to be an early spring. Groundhog Day as we celebrate it originated as a Pennsylvania German custom in the 1700s, but has its roots in ancient European weather lore, where a badger was used to predict the coming of spring. Originally called Candlemas, our Groundhog Day is celebrated in locations all over the world. The most famous Groundhog Day celebration is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which was glamorized by the 1993 Bill Murray film.
Another fun fact? The National Climatic Data Center has reported that Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions have been accurate 61.7% of the time.
Happy Groundhog Day! Let us watch and wait, and see if Phil gets it right in 2013.