Groundhog Day or Hedgehog Day or Marmot Day, is a holiday related to prognostication associated with the weather. On the specific day (2nd feb) at time 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM, the Groundhog (marmot) come out of underground hole and look for his own shadow. So, what does it mean or happens when the groundhog sees his shadow? According to Groundhog day organizers/fans if it don't sees its shadow then that is a sign of early arrival of spring. Otherwise, when Groundhog sees shadow, he go back to his burrow and by this action people predicts that winter will remain for six weeks more.
Did the groundhog see his shadow todayAccording to tradition, if Groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not (because it is clear, for example), spring will come soon. So, see did the groundhog see his shadow in 2017, checkout the groundhog day 2017 results and recording which will become automatically available here as soon the event happen.
Will The Groundhog See his Shadow in 2017?At the bottom of the page, we have a poll in which you can participate by casting your vote to predict will the groundhog see his shadow this year on 2nd February morning or you just don't care what this groundhog say and see. The poll will get closed on February 2nd but you can see realtime results any time. Click here to go to poll.
Groundhog Day Results and PredictionsComplete results of what did the groundhog say today in morning, an early spring or more winter ahead.
Last year in 2016, Phil didn't sees his shadow, watchout below for 2017 results predicted by groundhog punxsutawney phil, and see did the spring is coming early or winter will remain more.
|2016||Spring ahead||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2015||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2014||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2013||spring forward||Oct. 23||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2012||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2011||Spring forward||Beloeil, Carlos||Montreal, Quebec|
|2011||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2010||Spring forward||Octoraro Orphie||Quarryville, Pennsylvania|
|2010||Spring forward||Sir Walter Wally||Raleigh, NC|
|2010||Spring forward||Jimmy the Groundhog||Sun Prairie, Wisconsin|
|2010||Spring forward||General Beauregard Lee||Snellville, Georgia|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Malverne Mel||Malverne, New York|
|2010||Spring forward||Staten Island Chuck||Staten Island, New York|
|2010||Spring forward||Woodstock Willie||Woodstock, Illinois|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Wiarton Willie||Wiarton, Ontario|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Spanish Joe||Spanish, Ontario|
|2010||Spring forward||Dunkirk Dave||Dunkirk, New York|
|2010||Spring forward||Buckeye Chuck||Marion, Ohio|
|2010||Spring forward||Balzac Billy||Balzac, Alberta|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Shubenacadie Sam|
|2010||Spring forward||French Creek Freddie||French Creek, West Virginia|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Chuckles||Manchester, Connecticut|
|2010||6 more weeks of winter||Woody||Howell, Michigan|
|2009||Spring forward||Queen Charlotte||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Sir Walter Wally||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Spanish Joe||Spanish (Ontario)|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2009||spring forward||General Beauregard Lee||Atlanta, Georgia|
|2009||Spring forward||French Creek Freddie||French Creek, West Virginia|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Buckeye Chuck||Marion, Ohio|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Balzac Billy||Balzac, Alberta|
|2009||Spring forward||Malverne Mel||Malverne (New York)|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Woodstock Willie||Woodstock, Illinois|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Jimmy the Groundhog||Sun Prairie, Wisconsin|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Octoraro Orphie||Quarryville, Pennsylvania|
|2009||Spring forward||Staten Island Chuck||Staten Island ( New York )|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Wiarton Willie||Wiarton, Ontario|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Shubenacadie Sam|
|2009||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania|
|2009||Spring forward||Dunkirk Dave||Dunkirk (New York)|
|2008||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2008||Spring forward||Jimmy the Groundhog|
|2008||Spring forward||Dunkirk Dave|
|2008||Spring forward||Pat Lane|
|2008||Spring forward||Balzac Billy|
|2008||6 more weeks of winter||Sir Walter Wally|
|2008||Spring forward||Wiarton Willie|
|2008||Spring forward||General Beauregard Lee|
|2008||6 more weeks of winter||Queen Charlotte|
|2008||Spring forward||Malverne Mel|
|2008||6 more weeks of winter||West Indies Wilbur|
|2008||Spring forward||Shubenacadie Sam|
|2008||Spring forward||Staten Island Chuck|
|2008||Spring forward||Buckeye Chuck|
|2008||spring forward||Spanish Joe||Spanish, Ontario|
|2007||6 more weeks of winter||Holtsville Hal|
|2007||6 more winter semans||Dunkirk Dave|
|2007||spring forward||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2007||spring forward||Staten Island Chuck|
|2007||spring forward||Wiarton Willie|
|2007||spring forward||Shubenacadie Sam|
|2007||spring forward||General Beauregard Lee|
|2007||spring forward||Malverne Melissa|
|2007||spring forward||Buckeye Chuck|
|2007||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
|2007||spring forward||Sir Walter Wally|
|2006||6 more weeks of winter||Dunkirk Dave|
|2006||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2006||6 more weeks of winter||Buckeye Chuck|
|2006||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
|2006||spring forward||Wiarton Willie|
|2006||spring forward||Fountain Hills Weasel|
|2006||spring forward||General Beauregard Lee|
|2006||spring forward||Staten Island Chuck|
|2006||spring forward||Shubenacadie Sam|
|2006||spring forward||Jimmy the Groundhog|
|2006||spring forward||Malverne Mel|
|2006||spring forward||French Creek Freddie|
|2005||6 more weeks of winter||Dunkirk Dave|
|2005||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2005||6 more weeks of winter||Shubenacadie Sam|
|2005||6 more weeks of winter||Spanish Joe|
|2005||6 more weeks of winter||Octoraro Orphie|
|2005||spring forward||Wiarton Willie|
|2005||spring forward||Jimmy the Groundhog|
|2005||spring forward||General Beauregard Lee|
|2005||spring forward||Balzac Billy|
|2005||spring forward||Staten Island Chuck|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||Dunkirk Dave|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||Wiarton Willie|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||Spanish Joe|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||Balzac Billy|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||General Beauregard Lee|
|2004||6 more weeks of winter||Malverne Mel|
|2003||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2003||spring forward||Dunkirk Dave|
|2003||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
|2002||6 more weeks of winter||Dunkirk Dave|
|2002||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2002||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
|2001||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2001||spring forward||Dunkirk Dave|
|2001||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
|2000||6 more weeks of winter||Punxsutawney Phil|
|2000||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
|1999||spring forward||Punxsutawney Phil|
|1999||spring forward||Spanish Joe|
CalendarFirst time it was celebrated only in usa but now it can be seen in Canada, and in Germany as well.
In the following calendar you can see on what day of week it falls with a countdown showing number of days and time left in start.
|Year and Date||How Many Days Until|
|2016 - Week no. 05, Tuesday, 2nd February 2016|
|2017 - Week no. 05, Thursday, 2nd February 2017|
|2018 - Week no. 05, Friday, 2nd February 2018|
|2019 - Week no. 05, Saturday, 2nd February 2019|
|2020 - Week no. 06, Sunday, 2nd February 2020|
|2021 - Week no. 05, Tuesday, 2nd February 2021|
|2022 - Week no. 05, Wednesday, 2nd February 2022|
|2023 - Week no. 05, Thursday, 2nd February 2023|
|2024 - Week no. 05, Friday, 2nd February 2024|
The day is originated from Pennsylvania Germans in 18th century. First time Groundhog day celebrated in 1887 in which the Punxsutawney phil saw shadow and indicated the weather will remain cold for six more weeks. Since then, this day has been celebrated 118 times each year except the nine years in between 1889 to 1899 of which no record of its predictions / celebration has been discovered.
What about Phil's recent predictions?
2014: Shadow at 7:28 AM; 39º overcast skies with fog. It's Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday. 2013: In 2013 Phil sees no shadow and predicted an early arrival of spring but, it was not right because the spring didn't came early. On behalf of record of Phil predictions till now, the probability of being right is 40 percent, approximately.
2015: Spring is not coming soon as per Groundhog prognostication. TL;DR - Punxsutawney phil the Groundhog of Pennsylvania see's shadow in 2015.
2016: Spring is on its way soon as per Groundhog prediction on Tuesday, 2nd Feb, 2016. TL;DR - Punxsutawney phil the Groundhog of Pennsylvania see's no shadow in 2016.
Video TranscriptionGroundhog Day has a history that predates the film the Punxutawney ceremony even the name. Hey there tracy for Discovery news. Groundhogs day is upon us and six more weeks of winter? Isn't what it used to be, literally. The film groundhog day is on Bill Murray classics and his yanks twenty years old this year. The movie surrounds a Pennsylvania tradition of watching a groundhog come out of it hole to see its shadow and blah blah, you know the drill. The difference is in the movie Bill Murray is living the same day over and over again as a character named Phil. The punxsutawney ceremony is taking place every year since 1887 with Phil being right about thirty-nine percent of the time. Marmot day is almost here and a winter is last in which is due this fuel. Hey there tracy for Dnews, and Groundhogs day is almost here coming to just do this no know we can just do this. Before Groundhog day was celebrated in the US. It was also celebrated also back in Europe. Candlemass was a holiday adopted by the chri tians where a blessed Candle was put in the window and that light would ward off the evil spirits a winter. Part 2, the Christian holiday Asian people would celebrate this time here to mark the halfway point between the winter sp;stoce in the spring equinox. I have definitely been here before we have done this already. Nope just go to your lines, Fine. Having an animal predict the weather is not a new thing the europeans brought it over here with them. But they could not find any hedgehogs. So, instead they use the groundhog which looks pretty similar. Pennsylvania was the first in the world to hold the ceremony because they have a lots of German settlers. Texas has a similar ceremony but instead of a groundhog its an armadillo and then atlanta has generally boa card which is also groundhog. And Ohio uses these cute little caterpillars and we have those in Michigan too. More black than brown.. Ninjaa.. Are you still here? I know what's happening. Would seem to me that people from many cultures want to know when this blasted winter in 2017 is over. And when its going to get warm again. Do you follow this tradition? Make sure you cast a shadow in our comments section, let us know. Thanks for tuning in Discovery News and in getting two videos every single day the week. Have a great weekend everyone and Phil lets get some spring on. I'm Tracy see you later.
Groundhog Day In Films1. In the movie Groundhog Day, the protagonist, a meteorologist sent as a reporter to Groundhog Day, is trapped in a time loop that forces him to constantly relive the same day. Given the success of the film, the director Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray were awarded the "Gran honorary title of ceremonies " of Groundhog Day.
2. In the television series The OC, Seth Cohen tries to kidnap a groundhog right in Groundhog Day.
3. In the animated film Bambi 2 the custom of watching the groundhog is cited. A similar reference is made in an episode of the series Winnie the Pooh in which the piglet Piglet is disguised as a groundhog. Even an episode of the series Curious George and the cartoon Max and Ruby are dedicated to this event.
4. In the animated film The 5 legends, when the Man in the Moon chooses to elect a new Guardian, please Calmoniglio that is not the Groundhog.
5. In the animated film A Walk with Dinosaurs, at the end of one of the many winters in history is mentioned "the dell'alphadon day", in which the alphadon (the first mammal) comes out of his burrow and lays the end or not winter based on its shadow. It is an obvious mention of "Groundhog Day" since the alphadon were very similar to the marmots.
6. Also in the strip Calvin and Hobbes the theme is present in a cartoon of November 2005 when Calvin tries to frighten a groundhog with a theatre lamp to get more weeks of winter, of course, with the complicity of the tiger Hobbes.
FACTSEverything you need to know about groundhogs.
AVERAGE SIZELength: 20 to 27 in.
Weight: 5 to 12 lbs.
FOODGroundhogs are herbivorous and prefer succulent plants such as clover, alfalfa, and grasses.
BREEDINGSexually mature at 1 year old. Males generally mate with one female from late February to April. Females breed only once per year, but males may remain with the female for some time after breeding
YOUNGGroundhog gestation period is 31 to 32 days. Litter size is four to six. At birth they weigh about 1 oz. and increase to about 2 oz. in one week. The young are born blind and hairless, are weaned in about 2 months, and disperse by 5 months. Groundhogs usually have two litters a year.
LIFE EXPECTANCYAverage 1 to 2 years. Few live longer than 4 years in the wild.
About GroundhogSometimes colloquially called “woodchuck” or “whistle-pig,” the Groundhog receives its common name from a Cree Indian word, wuchak, used to identify several different animals of similar size and appearance and which denotes nothing about the Groundhog’s habits or habitat. Not until Europeans colonized North America did the Groundhog receive the honor of becoming the harbinger of spring. February 2, or Groundhog Day, is the day on which the Groundhog is supposed to wake up from hibernation and emerge from its bur-row to determine if winter has ended or will continue for several more weeks.
Groundhog STATUSAlthough Groundhogs are native to North Carolina, they have expanded their range in recent years. The Groundhog is classified as a non-game animal for which there is no closed hunting season or bag limit. It is hunted primarily for sport and to a lesser extent for food and fur. Though no data have been collected on Groundhog populations in North Carolina, populations appear to be either increasing or stable. Groundhog have adapted well to human activities such as agriculture and urban development and are usually considered a pest species. Groundhog burrows and dens provide homes for other wildlife species that use subterranean den sites.
APPEARANCEGroundhogs are large, heavy-bodied rodents attaining weights of 5 to 12 pounds and can be up to 2 feet long. They are covered with coarse hair ranging in color from brown to reddish yellow, usually tipped with silver. Their feet have five claw-bearing digits with thick, slightly curved claws. The head is short and broad. The legs are short and thickset. The tail is densely haired, slightly flattened and one-fifth to one-third of the animal’s total length. The ears are short, broad, rounded and well haired. The eyes are circular and small.
HABITAT AND HABITSGroundhogs inhabit a variety of habitats such as pastures, brushy Groundhog, open woods and areas along stream banks. Their primary requirement is an area where their burrows can be constructed without being flooded or inundated with groundwater. They are diurnal animals, most active during the early morning and late afternoon hours.
Groundhogs are herbivorous and prefer the more tender parts of new growth from a variety of wild and cultivated plants. They hibernate during the winter from November until February. Mating occurs in March or April, and four to six young are produced after a 31- to 32-day gestation period. The young are born blind, helpless, toothless and almost naked. Young Groundhogs disperse from the natal area after they are three months old.
RANGE AND DISTRIBUTIONGroundhogs are distributed from eastern Alaska across the southern half of Canada to the Atlantic Ocean and south in the eastern half of the United States to Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. East of the Appalachian Mountains, North Carolina is the southernmost part of the Groundhog’s range. The Groundhog was historically confined to the Mountains of western North Carolina but has recently expanded its range into the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions.
PEOPLE INTERACTIONSUnless you live and stay in the southern half of North Carolina from Mecklenburg County east, you have certainly seen Groundhogs by the roadside in spring or early summer. Their habit of feeding on roadside vegetation causes many Groundhogs to be killed by cars. Other than a few predators such as hawks, owls, foxes and coyotes, the major causes of mortality for Groundhogs are vehicles on highways and hunters in pastures. Groundhog hunting provides a service to the landowner whose crops suffer depredation from the rodent’s feeding habits or whose livestock have been lamed by stepping into a Groundhog burrow. This sport also provides the opportunity for someone skilled with a rifle to practice this skill during a time of year when hunting seasons for game animals are closed. Even with increased numbers of highways and Groundhog hunters, this species continues to expand its range in North Carolina.
Groundhog Day HistoryIt all goes back to 1887. At that time there were many Germans in the area of Pennsylvania where is Punxsutawney, the town where Phil groundhog lives. In Germany, farmers used a badger to do a very similar experiment and know when to farm their land. When they migrated to the United States, they continued the tradition of seeing the reaction of the animal to leave the burrow after the months of hibernation: if the groundhog sees its shadow - because it is sunny - it will be frightened and will re-enter the den. That means that winter will last another six weeks . If, on the contrary, the groundhog comes out of the burrow on a cloudy day, everything indicates that winter will soon be over.
This celebration became famous for appearing in the film, in which a despot character, television presenter, goes to a town to report on this event. The character is trapped on that day, every day when the alarm clock sounded, it was still the same day that he had lived before.
This film was performed by Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
Groundhog Day is celebrated every year on February 2 in Punxsutawney, in a small town in Pennsylvania. In this celebration, an animal, a marmot, is expected to be able to predict the weather in the coming months.
If on leaving the burrow, the groundhog does not see its shadow means the winter will end soon, but on the contrary, see its shadow means that the winter will last six more weeks.
Apparently, Groundhog day tradition brought to the United States by German immigrants, since in their land they used an identical method only on this occasion with a badger, which could act in two ways, if on leaving their burrow was A sunny day and therefore his shadow was projected, the animal was frightened and therefore returned to its burrow for six more weeks, this was interpreted that the winter was going to continue, but if he did not see his shadow, because it was cloudy, I thought spring had already arrived.caught in time.
Those in favor of groundhog day speak of 75% to 90% of hits by the animal comes true. But a study conducted marks the success rate by 37%.
Although the most famous groundhog is mentioned in the film and known across the world is Phil. But the Groundhog day is also celebrated in many other parts of the world where the name of the groundhog changes. As per our records, since from 15 years, a total of 49 differently named Groundhogs has given predictions for their towns.