Early Spring Predicted on Groundhog Day
Just before sunrise this morning, at roughly 7:30 a.m., the coming of an early spring was announced. Famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow at the annual Groundhog Day ceremony. A legend of German origin holds that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, an additional six weeks of winter are to be expected. Since no shadow was detected this year, spring is said to arrive early.
Although many believe the groundhog’s shadow to be the sole determining factor, his decision is predetermined by a group on Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill located just outside the town of Punxsutawney, for which the famous groundhog is named.