“Rise and shine campers, and don’t forget you booties because it’s cold out there.” Many of you may recognize this famous quote from the movie Groundhog Day, and if you were not aware today is indeed February 2nd. It is the national holiday where the nations’ most famous weatherman gives us his prediction. Straight out of Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, Phil the groundhog gave us his report bright and early this morning. As he came out of his hole at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. Sadly that means six more weeks of winter, which not coincidently, is when spring truly arrives. However, Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction suggests it will be a very cold six weeks. If you were like me, you would not mind the cold if it meant that there would be snow and even some cancelled classes. According the nation’s most famous groundhog, we must prepare ourselves for a long lasting and cold end to winter. We must not blame Phil for his prediction because he is not the only one to decide if he saw his shadow or not. Phil is just a groundhog and lacks the ability to effectively communicate with people, so members of the Inner Circle help him make his prediction. The Inner Circle members are a group of men who help plan Groundhog Day and also take care of Phil, which means they can understand what he has to say. This day holds a lot of history and is very fun. Town members of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrate the night before and the day of to honor Phil and the tradition of the Groundhog Day. No matter what Phil’s weather report is; this holiday is a fun and carefree celebration that everyone can enjoy. So bundle up and get ready for a chilly next six weeks, because Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow!
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