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Groundhog Day 2013

Groundhog Day 2013
Will springtime come beginning this year?

According to tradition, the response depends on a groundhog and the right varying climate circumstances on Feb. 2.

If a groundhog comes out from its drill down and see its darkness, then six more several weeks of cold climate is on the way.

But if it comes out and recognizes no darkness, springtime is prediction to come beginning.

Punxsutawney, the California city that is house to one of the most popular weather-predicting groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, has been holding on the custom of Groundhog Day since the Nineteenth century, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Team.

Ever since the custom started in 1887, Phil (and his ancestors) saw their dark areas 99 periods, while forecasting an may only 16 periods. There was no history for nine of the decades.

Thousands are required to collect at Gobbler's Handle to look at Phil appear from his residing.

However, Punxsutawney Phil isn't the only groundhog that's predicted to create an overall look.

New York has "Staten Island Chuck," Atlanta has "General Beauregard Lee" and "Wiarton Willie" is in Wiarton, Ontario, according to the National Climactic Data Center .

But Punxsutawney residents aren't worried about Phil's competition.

"We welcome them all. We like the competition," Bill Deeley, president of the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle told The Associated Press.

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Punxsutawney Phil 2011

Punxutawney Phil 2011

Amid another major winter storm in a large part of the country, many readers want to know what the legendary predictor of an early or late spring, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, saw when he came out of his hutch on Groundhog's Day Wednesday.

Phil came out of hiding in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and did not see his shadow -- that means we are in for an early spring, if you believe the furry prognosticator.

Including Wednesday's forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn't seen it just 16 times since 1887, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, which runs the event. There are no records for the remaining years, though the group has never failed to issue a forecast.

Two years ago, Phil's forecast also acknowledged the Steelers' Super Bowl XLIII win the night before. This year, Sunday's game was mentioned in the forecast but no winner was predicted between the Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, who meet in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV.

"The Steelers are going to the Super Bowl," Mike Johnson, vice president of the Inner Circle, said just before the forecast was read, drawing cheers from the clearly partisan crowd gathered on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in this borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

In reality, Pennsylvania's prophetic rodent doesn't see much of anything. The result is actually decided in advance by 14 members of the Inner Circle, who don tuxedos and top hats for the event.

The celebration usually draws 10,000 to 15,000 spectators when it falls on a weekday, Groundhog club spokesman Luke Webber said. The area was under a winter weather warning and while heavier snows and sleet never materialized, rain falling in about 35-degree temperatures made for a below-average crowd, said Webber, who offered no specific estimate.

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Punxsutawney Phil The Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil cart attribute his longevity to drinking the “elixir of life.” Alas, they are not coming up with the recipe. But if you want to try to follow his diet, here is some recipes vegetarian family.

The whole world is sitting on the edge of our seats awaiting the answer of the annual question “Did Punxsutawney Phil See his shadow?” We’ll all have to wait one more day to find out the answer to that timeless question when Phil takes his annual stroll with dozens of cameras following his every move.

Why do we care of the groundhog sees his shadow?

Apparently if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and scampers back into his hold we’re in for another six weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow and instead relishes his time in the sun, Winter is finished. Hmmmm….. I think the four feet of snow outside the door is a pretty good hint that winter is not quite done yet, but that’s just me.

More often than not Phil gets dragged out of his warm and comfy chamber only to be held up in front of a crowd of people only to run (not walk) back into his hole. I mean what would you do if you were taken out of bed without the chance to primp and given a worldwide photo op? I’d be back in the hole too!

So far Punxsutawney Phil has been on hand to predict the end of winter 114 times dating all the way back to 1887. The bad news, he’s only been right 39% of the time! You’re probably get a better idea of whether winter is about to end by taking a look out the window. Of course, the fun of Groundhog Day is playing the odds and hoping that Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early Spring! He has to be right some of the time.

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Groundhog Day 2011

Groundhog Day 2011 is on Wednesday and you don’t have to turn on the news to find out just how close–or far away–spring is.

we all want winter to be over! But, if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2nd, we’re in for two more weeks of winter.

By the way, Groundhog Day is always on February 2nd. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, PA. Though I grew up in PA and always knew about Groundhog Day, the holiday seemed to gain more recognition after the 1993 movie came out.

Have you seen it? Bill Murray was hilarious in Groundhog Day.

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