He’s dark, handsome, and attracts
men and women from western Pennsylvania and beyond. He’s the sexiest
weather forecaster this side of the Mississippi, not to mention the most
accurate. Every February 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his electrically-heated
flat, located on the posh Gobbler’s Knob right outside Punxsutawney,
Pennsylvania, and makes his annual weather prediction. It’s a media
frenzy, and Phil’s prediction is broadcast around the world.
Day was first celebrated on February 2, 1886. According to
a German legend, if the sun comes up on Candlemas
Day, then a hedgehog
will see its shadow, promising six more weeks of winter. No shadow means
an early spring.
For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day,
so far will the snow swirl until May.
For as the snow blows on Candlemas Day,
so far will the sun shine before May.