Four of Six Groundhogs Predict Early Spring

Posted on February 2, 2006

Groundhog Day is an important North American holiday (with origins in Germany) where Americans and Canadians look to groundhogs to determine the next six weeks of weather. The forecast is complicated because there are multiple groundhogs each forecasting for a different region. Here is the forecast from a few of the groundhogs. Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the best known groundhog. He was in the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Punxsutawney Phil now even has Vaseline Intensive Care as an official sponsor. Since Phil saw his shadow you can get a free bottle of Vaseline. Phil's website,, says he lives forever by drinking a special groundhog punch.

How many "Phils" have there been over the years? There has only been one Punxsutawney Phil. He has been making predictions for over 120 years!

Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking "groundhog punch," a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.
We should try some of this groundhog punch...