Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Phil Sees His Shadow

According to a report I heard on the radio on the way home, the famous groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, so there is supposed to be six more weeks of winter. (I'm really doubting that here in Texas, of course.)

Here's some groundhog trivia:

Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.

. There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 119 years!

. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking "groundhog punch," a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.

. On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

.The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."


At any rate, I bet it still gets warm here before spring break...

Blowing out the candles: Happy birthday to Kevin D. in Austin; maybe this year our paths will finally cross again.

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