Six more weeks of winter in 2008
The most famous groundhog in
the world, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, six more weeks of
Today was Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his
burrow and saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter
in 2008. More than 30,000 people gathered in the central
Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to witness the event and cheer
the most famous groundhog in the world. Punxsutawney Phil was
taken out of the tree stump on a hill called Gobbler's Knob and
brought to William Cooper, President of Punxsutawney's Inner
Circle, who is the only one that could "speak" to the groundhog.
Cooper read the prediction scroll: "As I look around me, a
bright sky I see, and a shadow beside me. Six more weeks of
winter it will be."
According to tradition, if the groundhog
emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow
because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the
groundhog sees its shadow, it will return into its burrow, and
the winter will continue for 6 more weeks. The earliest
reference to Groundhog Day was made in 1841 and the tradition
has been kept alive ever since. Most analysis claim that the
groundhog has about 40% success rate in predicting the weather,
which doesn't stop thousands of people from celebrating
Groundhog Day every year.