Today is Groundhog Day. Will “Punxsutawney Phil”, the furry 4-legged weather prognosticator, see his shadow or not?
For those of you unfamiliar with the tradition, which dates back to 1887, Groundhog Day is held on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, PA. It’s the day that the groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy – hence, shadow less – he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.
If you live in the north, today is a day of reckoning. All eyes are on Phil….. watching and waiting. Perhaps we should send a special invitation to our family and friends to visit sunny St. Petersburg if the rascal predicts six more weeks of winter!
For the first time, “Punxsutawney Phil’s” followers can receive his official prediction via their mobile device by texting “Groundhog” to 247365.