Yellow-bellied marmots really pack on the pounds during spring and summer. Though they prefer gorging on flowering blooms, they’re not above eating grasshoppers or bird’s eggs. Why all the eating? Because the yellow-bellied marmot may hibernate for as long as eight months. And when you sleep from September to May, a little extra padding ensures you survive to climb out of that burrow come summer. Or to make a special appearance on Groundhog Day.
And today’s Groundhog Day verdict was six more weeks of winter by world famous Punxsutawney Phil
AP Photo: Keith Srakocic, File
In a Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 file photo, Groundhog Club Co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, as he is surrounded by photographers in Punxsutawney, Pa. Groundhog Day coincides with the Super Bowl for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 2, , but Punxsutawney Phil’s people say they don’t expect the big game to steal his early morning spotlight
By Marion Algier – Cross-Posted at Just One More Pet: Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.
Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.
In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.
Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.
The prediction is a welcomed one to those in the west who are in a major drought, but a big of a nightmare prediction to those in the east who have has horrifically cold winter. If only we could share that snow pack!!
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