Groundhog Day

Karianna Cabral

Every February 2nd, the groundhog emerges from his burrow to see if his shadow is there.  This tradition started back in 1887.  If his shadow is shown, it means winter will last six more weeks, but if his shadow isn’t there, it means that spring will arrive early.

Each year about 40,000 people attend Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  The day is celebrated in other places, but Punxsutawney is the most famous location with the most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.  Since 1887, Phil has been correct about his predictions about 39% of the time and has seen his shadow 85% of the time he has emerged.

This year, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow with snow still on the ground to see his shadow.  Since he saw his shadow, his predictions show that there will be six more weeks of winter.