So, the groundhog came out of his home and saw his shadow, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. While we're not surprised given the recent moderate weather we've had this January, it's also Indiana and we all know there's no way to tell what the weather will actually be like 6 weeks from now, much less tomorrow.
So, in honor of Groundhog Day, we're giving you a list of 5 things you probably didn't know about Punxsutawney Phil.
1. There Have Been Many Punxsutawney Phils
The name "Punxsutawney Phil" is the name of a succession of groundhogs since 1887. Since the average groundhog lives for 6-8 years, there's likely to have been a dozen or more groundhogs who have played the role of Phil since the tradition started.
2. The Groundhog's Predictions Are Wrong More Than They Are Right
According to a study done by Stormfax, the groundhog's shadow has been able to predict an early spring or late winter a staggeringly low 39% of the time.
3. Punxsutawney Phil Has a "Family"
As a part of the ceremony surrounding groundhog day, the groundhog emerges from his home not alone, but accompanied by his "wife" Phyllis and "daughter" Phelicia.
4. Phil Does Not Come Out of His Home on Groundhog Day
Gobbler's Knob is the ceremonial grounds for where the Groundhog Day celebration takes place. This, however, is not where Punxsutawney Phil lives. For the rest of the year, he and his "family" can be found at the Groundhog Zoo, a warm terrarium built into the Punxsutawney library.
5. The Groundhog is controlled by an "Inner Circle"
OK, maybe we should use the words "cared for" rather than "controlled by". There is a small group of 15 members who care for the groundhog, as well as plan and implement the annual ceremony on February 2nd each year.