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Groundhog Day - a silly superstition?

post #1 of 17
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Coming from Pennsylvania, I grew up with this tradition, and even follow the reports from here. http://www.gojp.com/groundhog/
What do you think - is there anything to it?
post #2 of 17
I don't believe in the groundhog's ability to predict the weather, but I love the tradition nonetheless. It's one of the fond remembrances I have of childhood.
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post #4 of 17
I like it, I mean who cares if it means anything, it's cool!
post #5 of 17
The tradition is okay...I've yet to see the groundhog stay out after seeing his shadow though...maybe it's rigged..LOL! I must admit I enjoyed the movie more!
post #6 of 17
Well coming from Altoona, I'm just "down the mountain (haha PA talk)" from ol Phil and as much as the holiday and the idea is cool, I think they make too big of a deal out of it! People pack into a field and drink, then they pull poor Phil out of his nice warm whole and flash lights in his face... lol I know I sure wouldn't like that!! And of course he's going to see his shadow, as he has every year since I can remember, because of all of the lights they have on him. *shrug* But i sure wouldnt mind having one of the Punxy Phil beanie babies!!
post #7 of 17
Has Phil been wrong?? I don't think he has..... that I know of anyway.

You gotta love Punxsutawney Phil!!!!
post #8 of 17
I heard he was always wrong! It's funny, but that might be folk lore too!
post #9 of 17
The 6 more weeks of winter this applies for the tri state area I thnk... not the country. Last year I think he saw his shadow then we got that "Presidents day blizziard" Was it last year or the year before... hmmm don't remeber
post #10 of 17
It is just silly and fun.
post #11 of 17
Its harmless fun. Tucson has "Agua Fria Freddie" - a rattlesnake. I don't want to be the one who has to roust Freddie out of hibernation, though.
post #12 of 17
It is my daughter's birthday. She hates having been born on this day.
post #13 of 17
In UK, groundhog day is known as Candlemas. There is an old tradition that states that if the weather is clear on Candlemas (or similar conditions in which a groundhog might see his own shadow) we can expect 6 more weeks of winter.

Just to report, where I live it was clear yesterday, but my mother (who lives 200 miles away) had damp weather. So which area do we take for the forecast? Personally I prefer the 'look out of the window' method of weather forecasting!

Sue
post #14 of 17
i've never heard of candlemas sue i always wished we had a groundhog day here in the uk and now i find out we do and i've missed it!
post #15 of 17
I don't believe in it, but it's fun, as long as I don't have to watch the movie again...watch the movie again...watch the movie again...watch the movie again...watch the movie again...watch the movie again...
post #16 of 17
I just think it's a lot of fun, and it saves the local weatherman from getting the brunt of the complaning if the weather does the opposite of what it's supposed to.

Plus, it's the only way I remember my next-door neighbors birthday!
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by wodesorel
I just think it's a lot of fun, and it saves the local weatherman from getting the brunt of the complaning if the weather does the opposite of what it's supposed to.

Plus, it's the only way I remember my next-door neighbors birthday!
That's too funny because it's my next door neighbor's birthday too!
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