Every mile is two in winter. ~George Herbert
The infamous rodent of Punxsutawney, PA has once again seen his shadow at this morning’s festivities and predicts six more weeks of winter.
The history of this 131-year-old custom is a great example of actual fake news.
But, people hold tightly to traditions and long-held beliefs for a variety of reasons; the scientific facts not being one of them!
Despite Phil’s announcement, I’m predicting ten more weeks of winter. March comes in like a lion and sometimes goes out that way. I don’t feel we’ve seen the last of winter until we’re safely into April.
In the meantime, stay warm! 🙂
Anyone interested in weather predictions should watch the events tomorrow at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The annual Groundhog Day festivities are scheduled to begin at 5:00 am ET.
According to folklore, if Phil sees his shadow when he emerges from his burrow, it means six more weeks of winter; no shadow means spring will come early.
This holiday dates back to February 2, 1887, and is a major celebration. Thousands of people descend upon the small town, located in Jefferson county, about 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
As a lifelong resident of PA (until moving to FL last year) we were very familiar with this tradition. I’ve conveniently scheduled my next trip home to visit family after the six weeks mark (just in case.) I’ve gotten used to warm, sunny weather during the winter months!
If you happen to be in the area and decide to attend here are the Top 5 Things to Do in Punxsutawney.