Groundhog Day is quite possibly the strangest American tradition. The short of it entails using a large rodent as a weather-prediction device – if the groundhog sees its shadow, he gets scared off, scurries into his burrow, and humans are left with six more weeks of winter. However, if the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, it’s an indicator that America will see an early spring.
There are speeches, and guys who dress in funny hats, and people willing to stand out in the cold at five o’clock in the morning, all for a chance to hear a groundhog “predict” the seasonal changes to come. This video, from the point of view of an “Inner Circle” member’s top hat, portrays a decent idea of the fanfare involved in Groundhog Day. I can’t believe this tradition has been around since 1887.
This year, despite cloudy conditions, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow; I’m making my own prediction that we’re in for at least a few more polar vortexes. Maybe when it gets warmer, I’ll visit Gobblers Knob, just so say I’ve been to one of the rudest-sounding cities in the USA.