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Groundhog Day 2012; Will he see his shadow?

February 1, 2012 - 02:24 PM
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Will this terrible winter end or will it be 6 more weeks of unbearable cold? Sense a little sarchasm? Laying it on pretty thick.

Groundhog Day is upon us and Punxsutawney Phil will exit his burrow at 7:20am Tuesday morning. You can literally watch it live if you'd like to while sitting at your desk eating your breakfast. The story goes that if he comes out and sees his shadow, he will run back into his burrow and there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If it is cloudy and there is no shadow, then there will be an early spring. Truth be told, if this website is correct, then there have been 99 times when he has seen his shadow and only 16 times when there was no shadow. It also listed him as being only 39% correct. Good job Phil.

The history, from Wikipedia of course, shows that the event started in 1841 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The citation on that was from the History Society of Berks County in Reading, PA. It is now a big event every year with hundreds of spectators, TV coverage and much more. It always gives me an excuse to watch the movie as well. I always like Phil's prediction.

My thoughts? Well based on history and the forecast, I think the groundhog will see his shadow. It will be cloudy here with a chance for showers but in Punxsutawney they will be right on the edge of the clouds. Not to mention the 800 lights and flashes from the surrounding cameras. 6 more weeks of winter though? Good luck with all that...

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