Each year on Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is a hub of activity as the world waits to see if the groundhog saw his shadow.
Legend says that, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If there's no shadow, an early spring is on the way.
These words are from a proclamation issued on Groundhog Day:
"And so yet faithful,
There is no shadow to see
An early spring for you and me."
We will all hope that Punxsutawney Phil is correct. According to the Groundhog Day website, he's always correct.
The first Groundhog Day was held in the 1800s. Groundhog Day celebrations have been held at the current location, Gobbler's Knob, since Feb. 2, 1887.
That's a lot of years of predicting the weather. Here in Lynchburg, we've seen many spring-like days during the month of January.
Today's morning temperatures were in the low 20s. We still have a ways to go to get to real spring weather.
Spring officially begins in March, but we'll take this prediction of an early spring and run with it. Come on, spring. We're all ready here in Central Virginia.