View random article

Punxsutawny Phil Sees Shadow

It's that time of the year again when folks gather around Phil the groundhog, at Gobbler's Knob in the rural town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This year Phil did see his shadow, so keep your long johns handy and refrain from breaking out the flip flops and bikinis. An early Spring is out of the question, per one of the oldest weather predicting critters to walk the world.
The tubby groundhog was pulled from his temporary burrow beneath an artificial tree stump earlier today to see whether he would see his shadow. Phil did. This means that another 6 weeks of winter's chill are in store. Followers maintain that Phil's prediction is only good for the United States but traditionally our concept of "Groundhog Day" began with German settlers. The settlers blended ancient Christian, Celtic, and Roman beliefs rooted in Candlemas. Lore has it that clear skies on Candlemas guaranteed an extended winter.
So much for an early Spring.

Featured in Entertainment