Groundhog’s Day


Groundhog’s Day (February 2nd) is a holiday in the US and Canada. No one gets off work or school, but you do get to find out whether a groundhog saw his shadow:

  • saw his shadow = six more weeks of winter weather (till March 16th);
  • otherwise: an early spring.

“Like Groundhog’s Day” means the Hollywood film “Groundhog’s Day” (1993) where a weatherman played by Bill Murray keeps reliving February 2nd over and over again till he gets it right.

Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary (pictured above), is by far the most famous of the prognosticating groundhogs.

Groundhogs (Marmota monax, aka woodchucks), a kind of marmot, are large ground squirrels not ground hogs. They live in holes in the ground in the woods and plains of Canada and the eastern US, helping to maintain the soil. They…

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