Monday, February 3, 2014

Who (or what?!) is Sir Walter Wally?

Sir Walter Wally hanging out in sunny Raleigh on
February 2, 2014. Alas, he saw his shadow. 
Groundhog Day is certainly one of those unusual holidays that folks celebrate. The most famous groundhog is known as Punxsatawney Phil. He lives in Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, and this year was the first time Groundhog coincided (was the same day as) with the Super Bowl (famous football championship game).

Although statistics say Punxsutawney Phil has been accurate (correct) with his predictions a mere 50% of the time (or less!), people still eagerly await to learn whether he sees his shadow or not.
If he "sees" his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If not, then prepare for spring!

Which you would prefer that he sees? His shadow? Or not?

Punxsutawney Phil, strange as he may seem, is not the only groundhog busy prognosticating (Isn't that a great word? It means the same as "forecasting" or "predicting"!) the weather.

Our closest groundhog to home is Sir Walter Wally, who lives in Raleigh, NC, also saw his shadow.

And now you know what that means---6 more weeks of winter!

Do YOU have any similar traditions? Are there any readers from Germany who can tell us about the origin of Groundhog Day?

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