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Groundhog Day Forecast

Groundhog Day Forecast

Ms. G Official Forecast

Shadow = Six more weeks of winter!       No Shadow = Spring is on its way!

2016: Shadow

Hunnewell Elementary
Groundhog Day 2016, Drumlin Farm, Lincoln:
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2015: No Shadow

Hunnewell Elementary
Groundhog Day 2015, Drumlin Farm, Lincoln

2014 Shadow

2013 Shadow

2012 No Shadow

2011 No Shadow

2010 Shadow

2009 No Shadow

2008 Shadow

Forcast Accuracy

Ms. G . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57%
Punxsutawney Phil . . . 30%
World Average for seasonal forecasts . . . 50%

History of Groundhog Day

February 2nd, known as Candlemas Day in Europe, is the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. In ancient times, Candlemas was considered the beginning of Spring and a day of celebration. Over time, celebrants came to believe that the weather on February 2nd could in fact predict how much longer winter would last.

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Winter has another flight.
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Winter will not come again.

      -English proverb

The badger peeps out of his hole on Candlemas Day and if he finds snow he walks abroad,
but if he sees the sun he draws back in his hole.

      -German proverb

According to the proverbs, if the weather is fair that day, there is more winter to come. When German settlers arrived in the Punxsutawney area of Pennsylvania in the 1700s, they brought with them the traditions of Candlemas and the badger. The only problem—there are no badgers in Pennsylvania, but groundhogs had a close resemblance and became the new weather predictors for Candlemas Day.

Groundhogs are one of the few true hibernators in New England, but in reality, February 2nd is much too early for them to come out. Groundhogs are herbivores, or plant eaters, and in Massachusetts, they normally wake up in early March when the snow starts to melt and the plants begin to sprout. At that time, they are also looking for love—a suitable mate!

Other Famous Groundhogs

• Punxsutawney Phil—Pennsylvania

• Birmingham Bill—Alabama

• General Lee—Georgia

• Unadilla Bill—Nebraska

• Staten Island Chuck—New York

• Buckeye Chuck—Ohio

• PeeweeVermont

• JimmyWisconsin

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