5 Things You May Not Know About Groundhog Day

February 1, 2019

Tomorrow is Groundhog day! Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow predicting six more weeks of Winter? I have so manytrust issues with Phil!  First of all, Groundhog day is cool for those in that teeny, tiny town in Pennsylvania because it brings in a lot of tourism and media attention! But it's 2019 last I checked. Why are we still letting a giant rodent predict our weather?

It seems a bit ridiculous to me. Scratch that, it seems incredibly ridiculous to me!

Tomorrow morning we will get Phil's verdict, in the meantime, here are a few fun facts about GroundHog Day:

1. The largest and most famous celebration of Groundhog Day in the United States is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

2. When groundhogs have babies they have about six at a time and the babies live with their mothers for several months.

3. The first Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney was held in 1886 and has been held each year since then.

4. Approximately 40,000 people attend the Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania each February 2nd.

5. Punxsutawney Phil lives in a climate-controlled habitat that is attached to the Punxsutawney Library. #CelebrityStatus

But do we here in the South really follow what the groundhog says because I know I have been in the pool and getting a tan in late March. 

Locally in Charlotte, we have Queen Charlotte, our own groundhog that makes her prediction every February 2nd. 

Again, can we get something more trustworthy than a giant rodent to predict weather patterns for 2020?