Happy Groundhog day!
Groundhog Day is celebrated annually on February 2nd. Each year, people from all over the US watch Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous furry forecaster, on TV as he emerges from his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
The groundhog's prediction came about 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa, with fair skies and temperatures in the mid-20s. "Phil the Groundhog" predicts an a early Spring!
Although Groundhog Day activities take place throughout the US, the Punxsutawney celebration is televised annually and is known to be the largest and most recognized. According to folklore, if it’s sunny outside and famous Phil sees his shadow, winter will persist for another six weeks and he’ll retreat back to his burrow for an extended hibernation. If it’s cloudy instead, and Phil doesn’t see his shadow, it’s thought to be a sign of spring’s early arrival and milder weather soon to come.
Since his first prediction in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 102 times and no seen it on just 18 occasions, including this year.
Let's hope this furry forecaster is right! Bring on Spring!