Happy Groundhog Day!

By on February 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Groundhog DayI grew up in Western Pennsylvania, where Groundhog Day always gets plenty of attention. After all, Punxsutawney Phil is known worldwide, especially after the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray.

Sure, it may be more about tradition than actually finding out if spring is around the corner – or if we’re stuck with six more weeks of winter. But at 6 a.m. in February, you’ll cling to any hope of warmer weather.

  • Crowds of up to 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill in Punxsutawney where the ceremony takes place.
  • Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only famous groundhog in the world. There’s Staten Island Chuck, Sir Walter Wally, Buckeye Chuck and many more.
  • In Alaska, Feb. 2 is observed as Marmot Day rather than Groundhog Day because very few groundhogs exist there.
  • The National Climatic Data Center has stated that the overall prediction accuracy rate of the rodents is around 39%. But Phil’s Club suggests he’s right 100% of the time.

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