Punxsutawney Phil and his ancestors have been predicting the weather on Groundhog Day since 1887. However, according to a Feb. 1 ABC News report, isn’t the only groundhog who takes part in this tradition.
Several other locations have adopted furry meteorologists for Feb. 2. Atlanta has General Beuregard Lee. The groundhog in New York is named Staten Island Chuck. There’s even Wiarton Willie in frozen Wiarton, Ontario.
However, residents of Punxsatawney, Pa. aren’t worried about the competition. In fact, president of the Groundhot Club’s Inner Circle, Bill Deeley, said they not only like competition, they welcome it.
They know there’s no need to worry. Phil is by far America’s most famous and beloved ground hog. Are you hoping the groundhog in your area doesn’t see his shadow? Punxsutawney Phil and his relatives have seen their shadow 99 times, meaning six more weeks of winter. They only predicted an early spring 16 times by not seeing their shadow.
Happy Groundhog Day!