Yesterday was Groundhog’s Day. On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil wakes up to come out of his burrow to determine if there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. This year he didn’t see his shadow in which we are set for an early spring. This tradition is correct, isn’t it? I mean, the temperature in our area is set to be close to 70’ today.
Even if Phil sees his shadow to determine if we have an early spring or not, this day is only a celebrated tradition. The last three years, Phil’s prediction has been incorrect. CBS 6 stated, in 2017 Phil saw his shadow which meant the United States and Canada was to have six weeks of more winter. However, the winter was cut short and we had a very warm end to winter. February of 2017 was the second warmest month in US history. Then in 2018, Phil saw his shadow, but February ended up being a warm month.
Here are a few fun facts about Groundhog’s Day.
1. Groundhog Phil is set to come out his den around 7:25 a.m.
2. Groundhog's Day didn't always involve groundhogs. The roots can be traced back to a Christian holiday called Candlemas Day. Members of the clergy would bless and distribute candles needed to put people through the remaining winter days. Tradition then was if Candlemas Day was sunny and clear then winter drag on but if the weather was cloudy then spring would come soon.
3. Punxsutawney Phil was an actual person. Him and his wife", Phyllis lived together which they hibernate through the winter together and get enough light and heat to keep them awake for Groundhog's Day.
4. Groundhog's day first came to Pennsylvania and it was a social party. Problem was instead of the groundhog being the honoree, it was the entrée.
5. There is an "inner circle" in which is a club responsible for planning the year's event. The same club fuels the legend that Punxsutawney Phil is immortal. He drinks an elixir that increases his lifespan, helps him focus, and stay strong.
6. A movie which starred Bill Murray in 1983 helped boost recognition of the holiday.
Nuisance pests doesn’t care whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not. However, they do care when the outside temperatures start to warm up. There will be a lot more wildlife animal activity which could intrude in our daily life. If a nuisance pest invades your home, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184 or 301-848-5048. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to work with you regarding any of your wildlife pest needs.