Weather Tidbits: Groundhog Day

It’s all about the groundhog on this Weather Tidbits. Groundhog Day takes place on February 2nd to celebrate the midpoint between the winter solstice & spring equinox. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, 6 more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. The holiday began in Europe, where a badger was used by the Germans to predict the 2nd half of the winter. The tradition was carried over to America, where German settlers in Pennsylvania substituted the badger for a groundhog. The 1st Groundhog’s Day took place in 1887 & Phil predicted more winter. Phil’s accuracy rate is 39%, with he predicting more winter than early spring at a ratio of 5:1.

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