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Did the groundhog see his shadow?

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February 2nd is Groundhog’s Day, and that means a lot of people are wondering if a large rodent saw their shadow, thereby signifying 6 more weeks of winter.  Punxsatawney Phil, perhaps the most famous weather groundhog, saw his shadow today.  Granted, he’s about as accurate as the average weather person.  Over all, the groundhogs of the various groundhog weather predictions had a 5 – 6 split, with 5 seeing shadows and 6 not having seen their shadows.

What about the other groundhogs?

Let’s be honest – Punxsatawney Phil owes his popularity to Bill Murray. I know I had never heard of him before the movie. That said, there are some other famous groundhogs  – you also have General Beauregard Lee (Snellville, Georgia), Staten Island Chuck (Staten Island, NYC), Jimmie the Groundhog (Wisconsin), Shubencadie Sam (Shubencadie, Nova Scotia), and so forth.  Staten Island Chuck gained some notoriety in 2009 when he bit Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City.  This is all well and good, but if you REALLY want to know about the weather – you have to go to school and that will cost more than a few payday loans.

Of all the groundhogs, 5 predicted more winter, and 6 predicted early spring.  Punxsatawney Phil called for 6 more weeks of winter.  Staten Island Chuck, on the other hand, didn’t see his shadow, and unfortunately, no politicians were bitten this year. According to Punxsatawney residents, he is 100% accurate.  According to StormFax, he’s only accurate 39% of the time.

Wouldn’t there be 6 more weeks of winter anyway?

There may be some truth there, but Groundhog’s Day is a fun, silly holiday, and no one really takes it that seriously.  You obviously can’t take the word of a large rodent on the weather – for that matter, most weather anchors aren’t accurate enough to take their word on it, either.  The ceremonies are humorous, and kids seem to like it, and that’s really the point behind Groundhog’s Day.