GROUNDHOG DAY: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow on Groundhog Day

Feb 2, 2009 Read more: The Morning Call 36
Punxsutawney Phil's forecast was announced in front of thousands of revelers gathered at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Read more
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Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#21 Feb 2, 2009
Pachacutec wrote:
I've never been to the Groundhog Day festivities, but I watched it live online this morning and it is SO cute and old-fashioned! If we could only get a decent snowfall down here in the DC area, I'd be very happy with 6 more weeks of winter. As far as I'm concerned, everyone else can keep summer- highs in the 90's, high humidity, tornadoes, yuk.
I watched the live feed on the WFMZ website this morning. It was hilarious. Good old fashioned harmless fun in these troubled times.
Andar Distancia

Allentown, PA

#22 Feb 2, 2009
Pachacutec wrote:
I think Phil does at least as well as all of the meteorologists and their high-tech equipment. Forecast this morning here in the DC area; we might get snow tomorrow but it depends where the storm goes - took a lot of brains and technology to come up with THAT one, didn't it?
Grounds prediction was correct 80% of the time.
That was before he met my 12 gauge this morning.

I don't think his accuracy rate will be so good in the future.
A Friend

Bally, PA

#23 Feb 2, 2009
Pachacutec wrote:
I've never been to the Groundhog Day festivities, but I watched it live online this morning and it is SO cute and old-fashioned! If we could only get a decent snowfall down here in the DC area, I'd be very happy with 6 more weeks of winter. As far as I'm concerned, everyone else can keep summer- highs in the 90's, high humidity, tornadoes, yuk.
I live right here in groundhog country and am pleased that Phil predicted more winter. When I was a youngster, not only did the groundhog predict the weather, so did the roasted breast bone from our Thanksgiving turkey (or goose)...depending on the shadows on the breast bone my grandfather and his friends would predict the weather for December through March - they were ALWAYS right on! Love the traditions!!

Since: Mar 07

Allentown, PA

#24 Feb 2, 2009
Darn!!
If he didn't see it, Spring would only be 42 days away.
Bleed Black and Orange

Allentown, PA

#25 Feb 2, 2009
deebo wrote:
Did anyone see Bill Murray there?
I did. Again and again and again and again. Nyuck Nyuck
Pachacutec

Fort Collins, CO

#26 Feb 2, 2009
A Friend wrote:
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I live right here in groundhog country and am pleased that Phil predicted more winter. When I was a youngster, not only did the groundhog predict the weather, so did the roasted breast bone from our Thanksgiving turkey (or goose)...depending on the shadows on the breast bone my grandfather and his friends would predict the weather for December through March - they were ALWAYS right on! Love the traditions!!
I think I'd read that somewhere about the goose/turkey bones. And of course a lot of people swear by what the wooly bear caterpillar looks like AND whether or not squirrels' tails are bushy!(just as accurate as our local forecaster saying there's a 50 percent chance of snow tomorrow - basically what he's saying is maybe it will, maybe it won't!)
Kernal Klink

Slatington, PA

#27 Feb 2, 2009
Pachacutec wrote:
<quoted text> I think I'd read that somewhere about the goose/turkey bones. And of course a lot of people swear by what the wooly bear caterpillar looks like AND whether or not squirrels' tails are bushy!(just as accurate as our local forecaster saying there's a 50 percent chance of snow tomorrow - basically what he's saying is maybe it will, maybe it won't!)
The "GOOSEBONE MAN" (I believe his name was Mr. Troxell) as was called about 20 or 30 years ago was from Cementon Pa, owner a baroom and every Thanksgiving after he carved the turkey he would look at the breastbone and if it was dark it would be a cold snowy winter.. As a youngin we would all await the Morning Call on the day after Thanksgiving to see how the winter would be, back then the MC alaways had a big article about his predictions...Now its computer models that lie to us about big storms that never come..Todays weathermen are nothing but HYPE PEOPLE for the grocery stores and the Milk industry... They are more laughable than the ground hog
Kernal Klink

Slatington, PA

#28 Feb 2, 2009
I meant a GOOSE not a turkey SORRY

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Allentown, PA

#29 Feb 2, 2009
Groundhogs grunt, are you listening?
In Pux, the snow is glisten.
A beautiful sight, Phil is alright,
Give us six weeks more of snow!!!

In the meadow we can see ol Rudolf.
Chasing Phil around on a snowy day!
Phil will scream "whats with that nose man?"
My shadows chasing me all over town!!!!!!

Phil is mad, so you see now
he was pulled, out of his nest wow
to see his shadow today, to tell us what may
to give us six weeks more of stinking snow!!!

Happy Groundhog Day... huh?

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Allentown, PA

#30 Feb 2, 2009
I usually swear by the TV when there's an interception by the other team.
Joe Anybody

Harrisburg, PA

#31 Feb 2, 2009
mac8 wrote:
Amazing what they do in PA for entertainment during a long winter, any groundhog that would be out running around this time of the year would be rabid anyway.
What else do you expect from us rednecks in Pennsyltucky?? We are the Alabama of the north.
tropics

Allentown, PA

#32 Feb 2, 2009
JOKE wrote:
I hate Groundhog Day. Its stupid.
Let's pay him back for predicting 6 more weeks of winter. Set him loose around 7th and Linden. He'll be Spanish-Steak by dinnertime.

“Allergic to stupid people”

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#33 Feb 2, 2009
Love yah Phil, but give me the Farmers's Almanac- much more reliable.

“What does your soul look like?”

Since: Apr 08

Bethlehem, PA

#34 Feb 2, 2009
Bleed Black and Orange wrote:
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I did. Again and again and again and again. Nyuck Nyuck
ZING! Nice one...
NoCrap

Bethlehem, PA

#35 Feb 5, 2009
Got any good groundhog recipes?
Stros5 wrote:
Next year they should let Gus (the second most popular groundhog in PA) partake in Groundhog's Day festivities.

“Reality is subjective”

Since: Aug 08

Bethlehem, PA

#36 Feb 5, 2009
How do you make a ground hog float?

Put two scoops of groundhog in a tall glass of root beer.

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