Punsutawney Phil, of course. His outing on February 2 has been celebrated in Punxsutawney since 1886
Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just imposters.
How often is Phil’s prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course!
How many “Phils” have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 125 years!
Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the “elixir of life,” a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.
On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called
Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.
Well, of course, we know this is all just superstition, but we all pay very close attention every year to whether Phil will see his shadow or not because by the time February 2 rolls around, most of us are tired of snow, ice, freezing rain, and winter and we really are hoping for a prediction of an early spring.
This year…has been a very easy winter, so far (at least here in New England). Our first snow storm of the year was the last week of October which is unheard of, and then we have had flurries, snow showers and maybe one or two real snow falls totalling no more than 2-3 inches each and by the next day it was all melted. It is crazy, but I will take it!!!!! I do worry, though that if it seems too good to be true, it usually is…What is our spring going to be like? Will we have a good summer? Somehow, we will have to pay for this easy winter, right? Well, there is no prediction that can answer these questions, so for today….let’s just watch good old Phil’s prediction and hope he says it will be an early spring and if he does, let’s hope he is right!
Hope you all have a wonderful day and thanks for being here.