One of the wackier traditions in American history is Groundhog Day, in which we let a fury over-sized rodent predict the weather. Each year on February 2nd, the residents of a small Southeastern Pennsylvania town hold a unique festival and await the verdict of a celebrity groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil.
So, what’s the verdict for 2014? After a frigid winter season throughout Pittsburgh and the entire country with many days in the negative temps, Phil has predicted that we will endure six more weeks of winter unsurprisingly. The cold weather has really put a damper on construction crews and other industries that have to work in inclement weather.
Groundhog Day History
The first documented American reference to Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1841 in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, but historians say the tradition dates back even further. It is said that if the groundhog sees his shadow, he regards it as a bad omen of six more weeks of winter and returns to his hole. Punxsutawney Phil has also made it to Hollywood in the 1993 classic comedy, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, in which he would repeat Groundhog Day over and over.