Groundhog Day and climate outcome of 2017

Groundhog Day and climate outcome of 2017

Groundhog Day and climate outcome of 2017

His handlers say he saw his shadow, meaning he'll retreat to his burrow for another six weeks.

Groundhog Day comes from Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Through his long-lived life, which is aided by his favorite drink of "Groundhog Punch", Phil has only predicted an early Spring 18 times. Winter might last longer in the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Plains states, as well as in the Rocky Mountains, as some lingering snowy and rainy effects of the La Niña winter weather pattern stick around.

The group makes the announcement on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney, Pa.

"Punxsutawney Phil" - the groundhog - takes center stage at "Gobbler's Knob" every year on February 2 to determine how long winter will stick around.

Phil may very well be the world's second most famous rodent right behind Mickey Mouse, but on Groundhog Day, he's the only one that matters.

In Milltown, N.J., Groundhog Day festivities have been a tradition for 10 years. This year was the 132nd ceremony. That means he's predicting an early spring.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was not in attendance for the shadow reveal after he "dropped" Charlotte, a stand-in rodent for Groundhog Day in 2014. "He's been on the job for more than 130 years and is the nation's favorite furry weather forecaster". They celebrated Groundhog Day with groundhog cookies, of course, and music.

It is based on a German legend surrounding Candlemas.

It is not uncommon for Potomac Phil's "predictions" - translated by DeNu - to follow those of his fellow groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.

Smith hails from Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania, and became an official Groundhog Ambassador in 1985. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club believes Phil has been alive for more than 120 years. But if it doesn't see a shadow, due to overcast skies, then spring will allegedly arrive early.

Groundhog Day has also been popular in American media.

For college football fans, though, there will be another Groundhog Day - February 7, which is National Signing Day.

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