Has famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania seen his shadow today?
Will it be another 6 weeks of winter or not? I’m not telling. I did wake up early this morning to watch the live cam cast (EST) from Gobbler’s Knob. Temperature was 36 degrees F.
Click on their official website to find out:
Also check out that website for lots of great photos of their annual Groundhog Day event as well. Wish I could attend someday….but how do you get to Punxsutawney?
From their press kit:
• The custom dates back to the early days of Christianity in Europe and grew out of a winter festival called Candlemas Day, a day for clergy to bless and distribute candles. According to legend, clear skies on Candlemas Day meant an extended winter.
• The Roman legions, during the conquest of the northern country, brought this tradition to the Germans, who concluded that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of bad weather or “Second Winter.”
• In Germany, the hedgehog became part of the legend. The German twist was that on a clear, sunny day, the hedgehog would cast a shadow.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Note: If you feel like you’ve read this blog before, guess what? — you have. I’m just exactly republishing my Feb. 2, 2011 blog here again — in keeping with the Groundhog Day movie starring Bill Murray!
Visiting Gobbler’s Knob this morning was PA Governor Tom Corbett, and the Groundhog King and Queen (for a year). 18,000 people were in the crowd, waiting for Phil to predict the weather. And he’s done it for 126 years!