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Groundhog Day And The Signs Of Spring

Every February 2nd, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club gathers at Gobbler’s Knob to watch if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow upon emerging from his hibernation burrow. Since 1887, Groundhog Day has been celebrated on the day that is exactly midway between the vernal equinox and the winter solstice. Long, cold winters can make grown men do the craziest things. At 7:20 am on February 2, 2014, the entire nation will tune in to news stations to watch a grown man pull a groundhog, or woodchuck, out of his burrow into the cold.

Legend has it that the groundhog knows something about the arrival of spring. On a sunny morning, which rarely occurs on any February morning in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil might see his shadow and rush back into his burrow. With blinding news camera lights blaring in his face, how is the poor fellow supposed to see anything?

A glimpse of his shadow is supposed to indicate that six more weeks of winter will loom over the entire nation. And you thought your job was stressful! No one knows for sure if Punxsutawney Phil is scared of his shadow, offended at being disturbed or freezing his tootsies off in the bitter cold morning air.

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