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Saturday, February 2, is Groundhog Day! According to legend, if a groundhog sees his shadow, we can expect six more weeks of wintery weather. If there’s no shadow, spring is on the way! The most famous groundhog is Pennsylvania’s Punxatawney Phil. There are other weather-predicting groundhogs too, such as Raleigh, North Carolina’s Sir Walter Wally (pictured above) and Washington, D.C.’s “National Groundhog” Potomac Phil.
What is your prediction? Will we have six more weeks of winter?
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow when he came out of his tree stump this morning in Pennsylvania. According to the legend, if Phil sees his shadow, we should expect six more weeks of winter weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, spring is just around the corner.
Photograph by Gene J. Puskar, AP
This morning, Punxatawney Phil came out of his tree stump and saw his shadow. That means winter’s not quite over yet. According to tradition, if Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day (February 2), we will have six more weeks of winter weather. However, if the day is cloudy and Phil’s shadow is nowhere to be found, spring is just around the corner.
Read about the history of Groundhog Day on National Geographic News.
Learn more about groundhogs on National Geographic.
Photograph by Jason Cohn / Reuters
Uh-oh! The groundhog saw its shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter are on the way. Tradition says that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another six weeks. However, if Phil does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
Learn more about groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, on National Geographic.