Groundhog Day 2011: Will Record-Setting Winter Last?

February 1, 2011

After this particularly harsh winter bringing record-setting snowfall in some regions, Americans watching Groundhog Day 2011 will be even more eager to see Punxsutawney Phil predict an early spring this year. With a little luck it will be cloudy in Pennsylvania tomorrow; if Phil sees his shadow, we’re in for another 6 weeks of harsh weather. Get the full story with pictures and video below!

Groundhog Day

While Phil’s certainly not the only rodent popular for predicting the extent of winter, he’s definitely the most widely known. Others include Buckeye Chuck of Ohio, Staten Island Chuck, and Wee Willie 2 of Ontario.

Click here to see if there are any local Woodchucks you can go and see make a prediction on Groundhog Day 2011. At 7:30 am tomorrow morning, a group of ceremonial gentlemen with top hats will rudely awaken Punxsutawney Phil and draw him out of his hole. If the sun is shining and he sees his shadow, he’ll run back in his hole and we’re in for another 6 weeks of winter. If it’s cloudy and Phil stays outside, we’re in for an early spring! At least that’s how the legend goes.

Celebrating Phil’s 125th anniversary this year, supporters say their beloved rodent is right 75% of the time. However, a study by the National Climatic Data Center that compares his predictions to nationwide climate data puts his accuracy nearer 40%. No matter what the record says, I think Americans will take any good news they can get after such a severe winter!

What will you be doing for Groundhog Day 2011? Will you watch Punxsutawney Phil make his prediction for this year? Do you think we might be in for an early spring? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section below! And don’t miss these pictures and video on the famous rodent below!

Groundhog Day

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