Groundhog Day takes place every year on February 2. I always wondered as a child what the heck a ground hog had to do with if it’s going to be a long winter or maybe a short one. Of course, as a kid, I wanted more snow and days off from school.

This is the day the groundhog wakes after a long sleep through the winter. I’m not sure when this rodent decides to go to bed but it usually sleeps through the entire winter. A chill must rouse it and it knows Spring is near.

It, he or she, I don’t really know and I don’t think it matters in this case. It’s only a weather check! If it sees its shadow on this day, it runs back to its winter shelter and stays there, The rest of us prepare for 6 more weeks of winter. If no shadow is seen, spring will start early.

Pennsylvania celebrates Groundhog day


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