On Saturday, Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil will appear again to make his prediction about spring.
Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this year? If the groundhogs see their shadow this year, they will be frightened and want to run back into their burrow, and six more weeks of winter will follow, according to traditions brought to America by German (Pennsylvania Dutch) immigrants. If they don't, spring is around the corner. Last year, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. Phil is expected to leave his burrow at 7:20 a.m. today at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, PA. He will then observe the weather conditions and look for his shadow. We want to know your prediction before Saturday. Will he see his shadow? What do you think? Tell us in the comment section below!
With the recent cold snap, the prospect of Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day is especially daunting.
Groundhog Day is on Saturday, Feb. 2 this year, and last week's Arctic temperatures are giving the day a bit more resonance than usual. According to the myth, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter; if he does not, spring is right around the corner. Last year, Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter while Staten Island Chuck called for an early spring. Groundhog Day and other similar legends are based on the beliefs of Europeans, but the true origins of the holiday are lost in time. The day originated from the Germans, Scots and early Christian Europeans. It is celebrated every year on Feb. 2. On this day, a groundhog comes out of its burrow and checks for his shadow to determine …