Of course groundhogs – also known as woodchucks – don’t emerge at this time just to be furry weather predictors. So what’s the real reason? Research into groundhog biology shows they have other priorities in early February than mingling with the people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
By Stam Zervanos
Feb 01, 2019 | 10:43 PM
After a cold spell that saw temperatures reach single digits this week, the region could use some good news. Thursday morning brought Baltimore’s coldest temperatures in more than a year, and its first single-digit temperatures of 2019. The low at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was 6 degrees.
In some parts north and west of the city this morning, temperatures were again in single digits.
The festivities in Pennsylvania have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.
In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee). That's about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.