Facts about Groundhog Day

Will Spring be around the corner or will we have a long winter?


Sadie Turner, Contributor

On February 2, Punxsutawney Phil, the United States’ groundhog comes out after a long winter nap to see if it has a shadow, as a crowd of people watches to see if they will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. If the Groundhog sees its shadow then prepare for one long winter, if not, then celebrate that spring is around the corner and winter is coming to an early end.
Fun Facts
~A groundhog wasn’t used originally, instead a bear of badge was the weather predictor back in ancient European times.
~Canada also celebrates groundhog day but has a groundhog named Wiarton Willie.
~Punxsutawney held the first Groundhogs Day in 1886.
~New York City has a groundhog named ‘Pothole Pete’.
~Germans started Groundhogs day.
~Punxsutawney Phil is a nickname his real name is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.
~Groundhogs day was originally the day to eat groundhogs
~ The U.S Groundhog is married to a groundhog named Phyllis
~The Groundhogs live in an environment that has enough light and heat to keep the groundhogs awake.
The groundhog sees his shadow 85% of the time while he doesn’t see his shadow 15% of the time. Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only groundhog who can predict the weather there are many places that people can see the weather like Canada.

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