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Groundhog Day

Feb 1, 2019, 15:08 PM by Justin Hunt

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The famous groundhog comes out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to make a weather prediction. Though he is only right 39 percent of the time, Phil has only predicted an early spring 18 times since 1886.

 

Groundhog Day actually grew out of an early Christian holiday called Candlemas, where the church would bless candles to bring blessings for the remaining winter. The tradition was brought to Germany where the Germans concluded that if the sun appeared on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow indicating the “Second Winter.”  When the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought the tradition with them. However, finding more groundhogs than hedgehogs, and noting the similarities between the two animals, the weather predicting responsibility moved to the groundhog.

 

The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886. Today, more than 20,000 people travel to Punxsutawney to participate in the three-day Groundhog Festival; and millions more watch the event on TV or live-streamed on the internet.

 

For a more regional forecast, Indiana has two of its very own weather-predicting animals: groundhog Chuckie at Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi and woodchuck Grubby in Hope. All of the prognosticating groundhogs didn't see their shadows on February 2, and are predicting spring is right around the corner!

Cites:
Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.

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Groundhog Day

Feb 1, 2019, 15:08 PM by Justin Hunt

Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The famous groundhog comes out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to make a weather prediction. Though he is only right 39 percent of the time, Phil has only predicted an early spring 18 times since 1886.

 

Groundhog Day actually grew out of an early Christian holiday called Candlemas, where the church would bless candles to bring blessings for the remaining winter. The tradition was brought to Germany where the Germans concluded that if the sun appeared on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow indicating the “Second Winter.”  When the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought the tradition with them. However, finding more groundhogs than hedgehogs, and noting the similarities between the two animals, the weather predicting responsibility moved to the groundhog.

 

The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886. Today, more than 20,000 people travel to Punxsutawney to participate in the three-day Groundhog Festival; and millions more watch the event on TV or live-streamed on the internet.

 

For a more regional forecast, Indiana has two of its very own weather-predicting animals: groundhog Chuckie at Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi and woodchuck Grubby in Hope. All of the prognosticating groundhogs didn't see their shadows on February 2, and are predicting spring is right around the corner!

Cites:
Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The famous groundhog comes out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to make a weather prediction. Though he is only right 39 percent of the time, Phil has only predicted an early spring 18 times since 1886.

 

Groundhog Day actually grew out of an early Christian holiday called Candlemas, where the church would bless candles to bring blessings for the remaining winter. The tradition was brought to Germany where the Germans concluded that if the sun appeared on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow indicating the “Second Winter.”  When the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought the tradition with them. However, finding more groundhogs than hedgehogs, and noting the similarities between the two animals, the weather predicting responsibility moved to the groundhog.

 

The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886. Today, more than 20,000 people travel to Punxsutawney to participate in the three-day Groundhog Festival; and millions more watch the event on TV or live-streamed on the internet.

 

For a more regional forecast, Indiana has two of its very own weather-predicting animals: groundhog Chuckie at Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi and woodchuck Grubby in Hope. All of the prognosticating groundhogs didn't see their shadows on February 2, and are predicting spring is right around the corner!

Cites:
Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The famous groundhog comes out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to make a weather prediction. Though he is only right 39 percent of the time, Phil has only predicted an early spring 18 times since 1886.

 

Groundhog Day actually grew out of an early Christian holiday called Candlemas, where the church would bless candles to bring blessings for the remaining winter. The tradition was brought to Germany where the Germans concluded that if the sun appeared on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow indicating the “Second Winter.”  When the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought the tradition with them. However, finding more groundhogs than hedgehogs, and noting the similarities between the two animals, the weather predicting responsibility moved to the groundhog.

 

The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886. Today, more than 20,000 people travel to Punxsutawney to participate in the three-day Groundhog Festival; and millions more watch the event on TV or live-streamed on the internet.

 

For a more regional forecast, Indiana has two of its very own weather-predicting animals: groundhog Chuckie at Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi and woodchuck Grubby in Hope. All of the prognosticating groundhogs didn't see their shadows on February 2, and are predicting spring is right around the corner!

Cites:
Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The famous groundhog comes out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to make a weather prediction. Though he is only right 39 percent of the time, Phil has only predicted an early spring 18 times since 1886.

 

Groundhog Day actually grew out of an early Christian holiday called Candlemas, where the church would bless candles to bring blessings for the remaining winter. The tradition was brought to Germany where the Germans concluded that if the sun appeared on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow indicating the “Second Winter.”  When the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought the tradition with them. However, finding more groundhogs than hedgehogs, and noting the similarities between the two animals, the weather predicting responsibility moved to the groundhog.

 

The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886. Today, more than 20,000 people travel to Punxsutawney to participate in the three-day Groundhog Festival; and millions more watch the event on TV or live-streamed on the internet.

 

For a more regional forecast, Indiana has two of its very own weather-predicting animals: groundhog Chuckie at Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi and woodchuck Grubby in Hope. All of the prognosticating groundhogs didn't see their shadows on February 2, and are predicting spring is right around the corner!

Cites:
Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day

The famous groundhog comes out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every Feb. 2 to make a weather prediction. Though he is only right 39 percent of the time, Phil has only predicted an early spring 18 times since 1886.

 

Groundhog Day actually grew out of an early Christian holiday called Candlemas, where the church would bless candles to bring blessings for the remaining winter. The tradition was brought to Germany where the Germans concluded that if the sun appeared on Candlemas Day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow indicating the “Second Winter.”  When the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they brought the tradition with them. However, finding more groundhogs than hedgehogs, and noting the similarities between the two animals, the weather predicting responsibility moved to the groundhog.

 

The first official Groundhog Day was in 1886. Today, more than 20,000 people travel to Punxsutawney to participate in the three-day Groundhog Festival; and millions more watch the event on TV or live-streamed on the internet.

 

For a more regional forecast, Indiana has two of its very own weather-predicting animals: groundhog Chuckie at Wildcat Creek Wildlife Center in Delphi and woodchuck Grubby in Hope. All of the prognosticating groundhogs didn't see their shadows on February 2, and are predicting spring is right around the corner!

Cites:
Department of Community and Economic Development of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Inc.

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