Groundhog Day is how we determine the next few weeks of weather. On this day, every year, the groundhog emerges from his winter headquarters. If the sun is shining bright, resulting in seeing his shadow, he returns to his resting place for another six weeks of cold, winter weather.
However, if it happens to be a cloudy day, where there is no shadow, the groundhog comes out from hibernation. This represents an early spring.
Originally, in the past, the clergy would bless and distribute candles. This Christian tradition is known as “Candlemas Day.” The candles were used to represent the upcoming winter.
As the Germans settled in Pennsylvania, they expanded on this tradition by choosing the hedgehog as their “rodent Meteorologist.”
This groundhog day tradition began in 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to the town, Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, is the only true groundhog that could predict the weather. So, each February 2, a crowd of people will gather at Gobbler’s Knob to witness Phil’s prediction.
However, it has been found that other towns now have their own weather-predicting groundhogs.
The Lester Group thinks Bryan/College Station should have a groundhog meteorologist as well.
Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!
Written by: Abby Hendricks