Today Marks the 131st Annual Groundhog Day!

Like many of us, you are ready for summer. Unfortunately, you are out of luck. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning meaning winter will be sticking around for six more weeks. Phil has predicted six weeks of winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. All together Punxsutawney Phil has been accurate roughly 39% of the time. So you never know, he may not be accurate and we may be done with the cold winter weather!

To brighten your mood, we have included 10 fun facts surrounding Groundhog Day.

  1. More than 100,000 people attend Groundhog Day, held every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
  2. The first Groundhog Day was held on February 2nd, 1887.
  3. Groundhog Day started with the Germans, which was Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers.
  4. The one and only groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil.
  5. Punxsutawney Phil is 125 years old.
  6. Punxsutawney Phil gets his long existence from drinking “groundhog punch.” This is a secret punch that is given every summer at the Groundhog Picnic. This drink gives him seven more years of life.
  7. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then there will be an early spring
  8. Stormfax Almanac’s data shows that Phil has been correct about 39% of the time.
  9. Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Before being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.
  10. The average groundhog is 20 inches long and weighs around 13 pounds. These animals have short ears, tails, and legs. Surprisingly Phil weighs around 20 pounds and is 22 inches long.

 

 

Cute and cuddly Punxsutawney Phil at the 2017 Groundhog Day Festival!

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