Last Update: Feb 3, 2023
It has been a tradition that every February 2, the world's famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil rises from its burrow in Pennsylvania for Groundhog Day to give a weather prediction on how long shall we have to brave the winter weather. It is amusing to note that in the 21st century, we still base the country's weather on our beloved groundhog meteorologist.
This tradition of groundhog predicting the weather dates back over 130 years ago. The first official Groundhog Day happened on February 2, 1887, in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where it remained to be the very town it is celebrated today.
The Pennsylvania Dutch were immigrants from German-speaking areas of Europe. The Germans had a tradition of marking Candlemas (February 2) as "Badger Day", on which if a badger emerging from its den encountered a sunny day, hereby eating a shadow, it presaged four more weeks of winter.
The weather-predicting animals Candlemas was usually the badger, although regionally, the animal was the bear or the fox. The original weather-predicting animal in Germany had been the bear, but when they grew scarce, the lore became altered.
The Pennsylvanians maintained the same tradition as the Germans on Groundhog Day, except that winter's spell would be prolonged for six weeks instead of four.
In Irish folk tradition St. Brighid's Day, February 1 , is the first day of Spring, and thus of the farmer's year. To see a hedgehog was a good weather sign, for the hedgehog comes out of the hole in which he has spent the winter, looks about to judge the weather, and returns to his burrow if bad weather is going to continue. If he stays out, it means he knows the mild weather is coming.
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, he predicts six more weeks of winter.
If Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, he predicts an early spring.
It is official: We will have six more weeks of winter according to our groundhog meteorologist.
OH no, I am so ready for spring.
We are just getting over a bunch of ice that killed our power for a day and a night. So please put me in a bind on my oxygen.
I used all but one-fourth of my emergency bottles. They showed up just in time to restore the power.
I had backups but didn't want to use them. Thanks for the weather update. 😂
So go away, winter!
Have an Awesome day, Maria.
Oh my! Do you know you can call your police department and enlist your address, and inform them that the resident in that address is on oxygen and during power outage, they should check on you?
You should also be the priority, to have to be assisted , in case of emergency!
And the priority in cases of power repair!
Hey Maria, yes, if you are o Oxygen, then the power company responds to you first.
I was okay if it didn't last long; I had plenty of backups.
I have learned to stash o2 for a rainy day, in this case, an icy day 😂after ten years; you know, little tricks.
Fortunately, since I am such a great guy, I have good friends at the power company. 😂
Have a great evening, Chet
Great post, Maria
Hey, my dad read "The Old Farmer's Almanac" daily and swore by the groundhog's winter prediction. He'd call all his family and friends with the yearly result!
We'd have a groundhog day celebration, regardless of his shadow prediction. Any excuse to have a little fun was fair game! 😎
I know Frank !
Same here! The community does a little party 🎉🎊 on Groundhog Day , with foods, and drinks and even games and dancing!
Another excuse to 🎈🎉🎊🎸😎
Yikes! Stay warm all of you in cold weather areas!
At least there's 6 more weeks of winter left. Brr.. have to keep hanging on while staying warm.
Nice! I was just fortunate that when it’s snowing really hard, I am not scheduled to work ! 😊
Otherwise, it’s a challenge on the road!
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This is good illustration of how we can interact with other creatures. Here, in Uganda, the red-brown ants (Ensanafu locally) predict rain. If it has been drought and then you observe them migrating, then we get to know rain is about to fall and it does not take any two days without raining. Thank you very much for sharing this. It shows how widespread this "science" is around the world.
Thank you Joseph for correlating this to science! I did not realize that until you said so! That there is the principle of science as to how the animals react with the weather!
Get that @01Jason ?
I appreciate your comment on this blog!
Thank you, too, Maria. Have a nice weekend
You as well Joseph!