Here Ye, Here Ye, Here ye!
As temperatures in our area are expected to drop to single digits, Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted six more weeks of winter this morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania after seeing his shadow.
The story of the holiday tradition declares that if the groundhog emerges early on the morning of February 2 and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather. Should he not see his shadow, we will have an early spring.
The annual event began in 1886, when a spirited group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” and proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather-prognosticating groundhog.
Should we put our trust in Phil? Well, the critter's accuracy rate is about 40% over the past decade, according to NOAA.
For more information, go to visitPA.com and www.groundhog.org