Groundhog Day: The Rodent Knows All… Or Does He?

Will Phil see his shadow this year? (via

Groundhog Day is tomorrow, so here’s some facts about Punxsutawney Phil and his famous day…

Established in 1887, this is the 125th year since the start of this tradition.  In that time, he’s seen his shadow 99 times. There were 16 times when he didn’t see his shadow, including last year. Nine of those years had no record.  Here are some important years that you should know about.

1887: 1st official trek to Gobbler’s Knob
1918: 18 degrees below zero
1961: 25 degrees below zero
1993: Bill Murray starred in the movie Groundhog Day
1998: Punxsy Phil made his debut online with his first live webcast
2006: Phil wore a ‘Terrible Towel’ in honor of the Steelers trip to the Super Bowl

Oh, and in case you forgot… if Phil sees his shadow, that means that we can expect six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, it means that spring is right around the corner.

So what do you think?  Will this be the 100th time that he sees his shadow?  Or will he say spring is right around the corner (even though it hasn’t even felt like winter yet)?  We’ll find out tomorrow.

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