Groundhog Day

The groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicts early spring for 2020


Tori Griffey, Staffer

February 2,2020 was Groundhog day. Groundhog day has been a tradition since 1887 in Pennsylvania. Groundhog day is the day where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his hole to see if he can see his shadow. If Phill sees his shadow then according to tradition, there is supposed to be six more weeks of winter. If there is no shadow then Spring is coming early. As of yesterday Phil did not see his shadow predicting an early spring for the United States and Canada.

Though Groundhog day shows no scientific proof, it’s a fun day for those across the United States. “I think groundhog day is a fun tradition that we do even if it isn’t completely accurate. Sitting with my family and watching the groundhog predictions has kind of turned into a small tradition with my family too. It’s always fun making bets with my family on what the Groundhog will see,” said Elise Poulin.

Some have different views on the tradition though. “Personally I think Groundhog day is a waste of time. The tradition has been around for so long and has never actually affected anything going on. Like some random rodent decides if we get an early spring and it doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Jose Blea. 

Groundhog day has become a day that’s more of a fun tradition instead of something most people really care about. “ I think Groundhogs day is fun and all but I don’t feel like we really need this tradition anymore. I understand it’s a fun thing but we also have better science now to see the weather predictions. But that being said if Spring came early this year that would be nice because I’m very tired of all the ice,” said Brenden Piedra-Fuller.


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