Groundhog Day 2014 is Feb. 2 (yes, it's also Super Bowl Sunday XLVIII), and we can't wait to see if the furry little forecasters say an early spring is on its way! It's true, the small fuzzy creatures aren't known to give unfailingly accurate climate reports; then again, neither are most of their human counterparts. Regardless, it's a fun tradition you can read more about with the link at the end of this story.
One thing is nearly certain: of all the celebrity animals in our culture, perhaps none have as much pressure on their shoulders as Punxsutawney Phil does this weekend!
Groundhog Day 2014: Will Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow on Super Bowl Sunday?
Here in Tucson, we've had spring-like weather for weeks, but for our friends across the country, especially back east and up north, we know the groundhog's shadow would be a hopeful sign of warmer days to come. The recent polar vortex headlines and news of entire cities paralyzed by snow and ice are enough to send a shiver up anyone's spine, but will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow and predict relief for millions of Americans from his den in Pennsylvania?
Legend has it that if a groundhog comes out of his safe, warm burrow to find a cloudy day, that he will venture out. This signifies winter is nearing its end and spring is just around the corner. Somewhat ironically, if Phil and other meteorologically-inclined groundhogs find a clear, sunny day and see their shadow when they poke their head out, it means at least six more weeks of dreary winter weather. In such cases, the furry critters quickly duck back in their hidey-holes to tough out the rest of the frigid weather season.
What do you think - will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow on Feb. 2 and give icy regions an early reprieve? Check back on Groundhog Day 2014 to find out what happens. For more on the history of groundhogs doing the weather, and their accuracy rate, click here.