Groundhog Day 2012 Punxsutawney Phil Set To Make Winter Prediction

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Groundhog Day 2012 Punxsutawney Phil Set To Make Winter Prediction Photo by Alan Freed

Groundhog Day 2012 will be here soon and Punxsutawney Phil will leave his burrow at 7:20 February 2nd at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where he will observe the current weather conditions and look for his shadow, he will then make his weather prediction for the remainder of winter.

In addition to the much waited for Phil’s prognostication to predict the end of winter, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Phils hometown has many great events this year to help celebrate Phil’s winter forecast! Check out the links below to download and print the schedule.

The holiday is right around the corner, as in exactly 1 day, February arrives, which means this low caliber holiday is right around the corner for us. Let’s be honest here, when it comes to this holiday, there are two sides to every story, one of which holds this unheralded holiday to be one of the most, if not the most boring and least celebrated and recognized holidays that we have ever had. I myself, am slightly partial to the holiday myself, and watch Groundhog Day on DVD every year to celebrate this event. For this holiday in 2012 there will, of course, be no exception to the watching of the Bill Murray classic movie. After a few months of dreary weather we can look forward to the little varmint declaring that winter will soon be over, or we will have another 6 weeks of the dreary wintry weather to deal with, at least in populist theory. How accurate his forecast is remains to be seen, but taken in context, it does have some credibility as animals are better judges of their environment than we are I imagine.

In real life, Punxsutawney, PA is the home of Phil and of the wide array of family fun and activities of which this furry little critter is the center of. It is also home to the “Punxsutawney Groundhog Club” that pays homage to Phil. And Bill Cooper, President of the “Inner Circle” of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, is officially listed as the Groundhogese expert responsible for the translations from Groundhogese into English every Groundhog Day, just like the Groundhog Day movie’s guru. With this I do not kid you, as the following comes from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club itself, “Bill is officially the man in charge of the daunting task of translating Phil’s and his message in Groundhog-ese on Gobbler’s Knob so that the forecast can be accurately delivered to Phil’s followers,” and weather forecasters around the nation, and in some cases, the world.

Some frequently asked questions from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club:

  • Yes! Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just impostors.
  • How often is Phil’s prediction correct? 100% of the time, of course!
  • How many “Phils” have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 125 years!
  • Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the “elixir of life,” 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.
  • No! Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in “Groundhogese”(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle). His proclamation is then translated for the world.
  • The celebration of this holiday 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…”
  • Punxsutawney held its first celebration of this event in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
  • So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.

If ever there were a personage who could answer the immortal question, “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” then President Cooper would be the man, and not the insurance commercial woodchucks, by the way. Happy Groundhog Day 2012, and we will be updating with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction soon!

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