Every year, revelers would make their way to Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to wait for the world famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil's forecast. Punxsutawney is a small town about 65 miles northeast from Pittsburgh. I still remember back when we were studying in Indiana University of PA, kids party all night and jump on the party bus to head to Punxy at 4am morning to celebrate Groundhog Day! We never made it, you must either be a die hard party animal or just plain mad to stand in the freezing cold, in the middle of the night, just waiting for Phil to make an appearance :P
This year is the 123rd annual Groundhog Day. So, what's the forecast? As a member of the Inner Circle took Phil from his tree stump home, an announcer said " As I look around me, a bright sky I see and a shadow beside me, six more weeks of winter it will be". There you go! As usual, Phil sees a shadow and another 6 more weeks of winter to go!! This is a German tradition during the Candlemas holiday, that if a hibernating animal sees a shadow on Feb 2nd, winter would last another six weeks. Out of the 123 years, the groundhog has seen a shadow 97 times. Only 15 out of the 123 times has Phil not seen a shadow and the remaining 9 years were unaccounted for. So this years forecast doesn't come as a surprise :P Come to think of it, with all the bright spotlights around, of course Phil would cast and see a shadow! Hahaha.
Anywaysss, another 6 more weeks of winter to go. Enjoy to freezing cold and snow :D Oh, and Happy Groundhog Day!!!