Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today predicting six more weeks of winter.
By: Bernadette Koff
PUNXSUTAWNEY– This morning people anxiously awaited Punxsutawney Phil to make his appearance. The famous groundhog saw his shadow and legend has it that means six more weeks of winter.
Groundhog day comes from German traditions of using hedgehog to predict the weather. German settlers in Pennsylvania later replaced the hedgehogs with groundhogs because they were more common in the area.
In 1887, a newspaper editor named Punxsutawney Phil America’s first weather forecasting groundhog.
Since then other US states have named their own famous groundhogs, including Buckeye Chuck in Ohio, General Beauregard Lee in Georgia, and Sir Walter Wally in North Carolina.