Groundhog Day has come and gone, and we have a prediction of an early Spring.
Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow, predicts an early spring
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
A new pair of hands pulled Punxsutawney Phil from his stump this year, so it was only fitting that the groundhog offered a new prediction.
Phil did not see his shadow today which, according to German folklore, means folks can expect an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter.
Each Feb. 2, thousands of people descend on Punxsutawney, a town of about 6,100 people about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to celebrate what had essentially been a German superstition.
The Germans believed that if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on Feb. 2 â€” the Christian holiday of Candlemas â€” winter would last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.