February 2, 2018

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania attracts thousands on February 2nd. Because of this single event, tourism has become one of the leading industries for this community,  Every broadcast entity will report the findings of this event and this animal. If you missed it here is the routine. The groundhog is “extracted” from his sleep, held before the crowd and then asked to make a prediction based upon his shadow. Punxsutawney comes from the Native American name for "ponksad-uteney," or "town of sand flies." Punxsutawney, Pa. near Pittsburgh was settled by the Delaware Indians in 1723. The Delaware considered groundhogs honorable ancestors. The Pennsylvania Dutch advanced the folklore of the groundhog when they settled the area in the late 1700s. A weather diary, going back to Feb.4, 1841, had this entry. "Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow, he pops back for another six weeks nap; but if the day be cloudy, he remains out, as the weather is to moderate." If you are reading this column, the results of Phil's prediction are available on every broadcast and social media platform. We do know that Phil did come out, saw Punxsutawney Phyllis and the forecast? Six more groundhogs! 

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