The second act is always the best!
Another year another Groundhog Day — the day where fancy men in top hats stand outside in the freezing cold and stare at furry a little rodent to determine whether or not the animal “saw his shadow”.
Due to crowd restrictions due to the pandemic, the Pennsylvania event was performed virtually with cardboard cutouts of spectators to give the illusion of a crowd (as reported by the AP). After a crappy year of disease, lockdowns, shutdowns, politics, and other Covid-related issues, it comes as no surprise that Punxsutawney Phil, the premiere groundhog of Groundhog Day, did indeed “see his shadow”. According to whatever belief system from which such predictions mean something, there will be 6 more weeks of cold, dismal, Covid-filled winter. Of course every other popular weather-predicting groundhog seems to have arrived at the opposite conclusion, because of his popularity we pretend to listen to Punxsutawney Phil more.
A reminder for groundhog enthusiasts, if any of you actually exist, if the groundhog “sees” his shadow, it means we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter; if he does not, then the warmer weather should blow in sooner. The science behind it is completely lacking in any merit, but it’s still a fun little national and local tradition worth noting here.
Below is a little roundup of other groundhog predictions in North America. Enjoy and have a happy-ish, mask-wearing February 2!
|Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, PA||saw his shadow|
|Staten Island Chuck||Staten Island, NY||did not see his shadow|
|Buckeye Chuck||Marion, OH||did not see his shadow|
|General Beauregard Lee||Jackson, GA||did not see his shadow|
|Potomac Phil||Washington, DC||did not see his shadow|
|Shubenacadie Sam||Shubenacadie, NS, Canada||did not see his shadow|
(Above photo by Wikimedia Commons.)