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Groundhog Day Fun Facts GROUNDHOG DAY FUN FACTS "If Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again." - Old English poem Groundhog Day originates from a holiday called Candlemas day, celebrated in different ways by many religions across the globe. During Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter on his community if he was not allowed to drink. The average groundhog weighs between 12-15 pounds and is roughly 20 inches long. Phil is larger than average, weighing in at 20 pounds and stretching 22 inches. The secret to Phil's longevity is a magical "elixir of life," which he sips during a summer groundhog picnic. The elixir is said to add seven years to Phil's life.Typically, groundhogs live six to eight years. In 1986, Phil was invited to visit the White House, In 1993, the movie DENE where he met with "Groundhog Day" was released starring Bill Murray. Groundhogs are known President Ronald Reagan. to whistle when alarmed or courting a mate. This is why they are sometimes known as "whistle pigs." Groundhogs hibernate each year. This means that they enter a coma, allowing their body temperature to fall to a few degrees above freezing. During this time their heart beats slowly and their breathing nearly comes to a stop. | 559 Groundhog Day takes place annually at 7:25 a.m. EST on Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney, Pa. Phil is placed in a heated burrow underneath a simulated tree stump before being pulled out by the tuxedo-clad members of the PHIL mysterious “Inner Circle." On Groundhog Day, Joel N. Myers (2007) and Elliot Abrams (2011) were inducted into the Weather Hall of Fame at the Weather Discovery Center. FAMOUS PROGNOSTICATING GROUNDHOGS Wiarton Willie Wiarton, Ontario Jimmy Sun Prairie, Wis. Sir Walter Wally Raleigh, N.C. Punxsutawney Phil Punxsutawney, Pa. General Beauregard Lee Atlanta, Ga. Watch Phil's prognostication live here, at 7:25 a.m. EST on Feb. 2, 2013. CLICK HERE Sources: Graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. ©2013

Groundhog Day Fun Facts

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More than you wanted to know about our prognosticating critter here in Pennsylvania.


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