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GROUNDHOG DAY

Did Phil the groundhog see his shadow? This is his prediction for 2023

Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day in the USA. What happened? Did the Punxsutawney groundhog see his shadow? This is his prediction for 2023.

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Día de la marmota en USA 2024: ¿Qué sucede si la marmota Phill ve su sombra?
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As is the tradition every February 2nd, today, the United States celebrates Groundhog Day.

For centuries, communities across North America have continued a tradition brought over from Europe to predict when the wintery weather will end. Typically around this date, Groundhogs come out of their burrows for a look around and how they react, according to the folkloric tradition, will predict how much longer winter will linger around.

How does Groundhog Day work?

As mentioned, once the marmot, a large rodent of the squirrel family, awakens from hibernation, it will emerge from its burrow and its behavior will determine the weather forecast.

If when leaving the burrow the animal manages to see its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn't see its shadow, then winter will be over soon. If the groundhog sees its shadow, it will return back to the burrow, otherwise it will abandon it.

The most famous groundhog in the United States is Phil from Punxsutawney. However, there are other marmots throughout the country that also predict the arrival of spring; like General Beauregard Lee from Georgia or Buckeye Chuck from Ohio.

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Groundhog Day: Did Phil Groundhog See His Shadow? This is his prediction for 2023

On the morning of February 2, hundreds of people gathered on Gobbler’s Knob Hill, in Pennsylvania, where members of the Groundhog Club were in charge of getting Phil, the star of the day, out of his burrow to find out the weather forecast.

For this 2023, the groundhog Phil saw his shadow when he came out of the burrow after waking up from hibernation; Which means that there will be six more weeks of winter in the United States.