It's Groundhog Day, but will the USA be enjoying an early spring this year?
February 2nd is Groundhog Day in the USA, the day when the country finds out if spring is on the way, or if they can look forward to six more weeks of winter. According to legend, if the groundhog sees his shadow when he pops out of his burrow, he will run back inside and the country can expect six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see hiw shadow, an early spring and warmer temperatures are on the cards.
Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous groundhog, residing in Western Pennsylvania and immortalised by the 1993 film, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. But there are other forecasters too - Ohio's Buckeye Chuck, Georgia's Gen. Beauregard Lee and Louisiana's Cajun Groundhog, to name a few. Sadly there's no real science behind the tradition, and it appears that flipping a coin could be just as accurate as the groundhog's predictions. In fact, Phil has been 'wrong' 15 times and 'right' 13 times since 1988. Since 1887, the groundhog has seen his own shadow 102 times (forecasting a longer winter) and not seen it 17 times, predicting an early spring. What will happen this year?
Here are a few fun facts you didn't know about Groundhog Day:
And some of our favourite scenes from the film itself
Happy Groundhog Day!