Groundhog Day

February 2nd, 2014 at 2:12 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

First, check out what happened three years ago today! Here’s more on the Groundhog Day Blizzard, and the Wikipedia Article on the Storm. Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow this morning, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, winter is pretty much over (which is really hardly ever the case on Feb. 2 in Michigan). It all began in Germany with hedgehogs and badgers. The Pennsylvania Dutch (who are really German) didn’t see any hedgehogs or badgers when they arrived in Pennsylvania, so they gave the prognosticating assignment to the local groundhog, or woodchuck (BTW, someone figured out how much wood a woodchuck could chuck). The most famous groundhog is Punxsutawney Phil. Phil’s been giving us the long-range forecast from Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania since 1887. Phil’s recent predictions are posted here. Phil correctly did predict six more weeks of winter in 2012, but missed with his early spring forecast last year. Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter 100 of the last 115 years . Feb. 2 is also Candlemas Day. An old saying goes: “Half the wood and half the hay, better have left on Candlemas Day”. Of course, that means that if you have half your winter provisions left at this point…you’ll make it through the winter.   Side note: You may have seen the movie Groundhog Day, with actor Bill Murray playing a TV weatherman (the movie was filmed partly in Woodstock, Illinois – about 45 miles from where Bill Murray and I grew up – he lived about 3 blocks from me on Elmwood Ave.). Bill and I went to St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Wilmette, Illinois. We caddied together, though he caddied mostly at Indian Hill C.C. and I caddied mostly at Westmoreland C.C. He’s one year older than me. Here’s a review of the movie “Groundhog Day”.

I hereby predict that Phil will see his shadow, hence 6 more weeks of winter.   BTW, any groundhog that might consider coming out of its burrow here in G.R. will have to dig through 17 inches of snow to see daylight.    Punxsutawney Phil has his own website.

7 Responses to “Groundhog Day”

  1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Thanks for link to the blizzard three years ago. It was interesting to read the blog comments. The blog was much different then. I see a lot of names I haven’t seen in a long time. I wonder why they all left?

    1. Cort S. says:

      The main blizzard blog post had 2,515 comments!

    2. Lisa (Caledonia) says:

      Big storm events seem to attract a lot of people who never post otherwise to Bill’s Blog.

      Some really awesome people left the blog 4 or 5 years ago because they got sick of the arguing, negativity and silliness from some regular commenters. Unfortunately, they were really knowledgeable about weather — like Cort — and contributed a lot to the conversation.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        I think you’re right. What a shame. The blog was much better then.

  2. Phil will not see his shadow! He froze to death!!!

  3. Wswplz says:

    I stumbled onto the blog in 08 and it was way different, much more weather centric, that’s for sure… Bill I didn’t know Bill #2 was a caddie when he was younger….that is a bit ironic given the fact he was in Caddie Shack…although not a caddie in the movie…

  4. Larry from Hastings/Barry Co says:

    I woke up this morning and looked outside, first thought, 5.7 more weeks of winter.

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