Groundhog Day: Will the Groundhog See Its Shadow?Janay Rickwalder
Friday, February 1, 2013
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, a tradition that centers on the idea
of a groundhog
emerging from its hibernation to “predict” the weather. On February
2, thousands will gather in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania to watch
the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from
his lair and possibly see his shadow.
Legend has it that if the groundhog sees its shadow and returns
to its burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter. But, if the
animal does not see its shadow, then spring is right around the
If Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow and spring comes
early, many parts of the country could be in for a longer pest
season. This means homeowners might see an increase in pesky
insects, including wasps, ticks, ants and mosquitoes, in and around
homes due to the early arrival of warm weather.