5 things you did not know about Groundhog Day

Savannah Moore, Co-copy editor

Every year, America watches Phil the groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA for his weather prediction. Here’s some things you may not know about our furry little friend, who is not always as on the spot with his predictions as we think he is.

1.Comes from German Tradition

On Candlemans Day local people would rely on the gestures of groundhogs or badgers to tell them about the upcoming weather.

2. The first celebration

First celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

3. Where the name comes from 

Phil, the groundhog from Punxsutawney was named after King Philip.

4. Accuracy 

Phil’s only right about 40% of the time, according to the US Nation Climate Data Center.

5. Membership

Membership in the Groundhog Inner Circle entails a nomination by a sitting member of the group and then a vote. Currently, there are no female members of the Inner Circle.