A Groundhog’s Foreshadowing
By Siera Millard
Picture by Groundhog 2018
Think it’s been cold lately? Well say hello to six more weeks of winter! This Groundhog’s Day, Punxsutawney Phil awoke from hibernation and saw his prophetic shadow. This winter has already been one of frigid temps, and the people of the southeast are not happy with Punxsutawney’s prediction; however, there is no shadow of a doubt with this groundhog.
On the second day of February of each year a spotlight is put on groundhogs across the nation. The tradition began in Europe as Candlemas and was brought to the Americas in the 1700s. Since then it has evolved and spread to other areas of the world. Although Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous, and sometimes infamous, there are multiple messengers. There is the Staten Island Chuck, who is considered one of Punxsutawney’s rivals. Unfortunately for Phil, Chuck has a 70% accuracy rate compared with Punxsutawney’s 40%.
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