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Fun facts on Groundhog Day

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To get in the spirit of Groundhog Day — whether you want six more weeks of winter or not — here are 10 fun facts about the holiday:

1. Punxsutawney Phil is the official groundhog forecaster on February 2, but many states have their own (like New York’s Pothole Pete).

2. Phil’s full name, granted by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.

3. Groundhogs typically weigh between 12 and 15 pounds; Phil is 22 pounds.

4. Groundhogs only live six to eight years, but folklore suggests that Phil sips a magical drink that gives him seven more years of life.

5. The Germans originally chose a hedgehog as their animal forecaster. They turned to groundhogs instead when they discovered a large amount of them in Pennsylvania.

6. Hibernation is similar to being in a coma. When groundhogs hibernate, their heart rates drop to five beats per minute and they can lose up to 30 percent of their body fat.

7. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three-day celebration leading up to Groundhog Day.

8. The popular movie of the same name (starring Rockland County resident Bill Murray) gave meaning to the phrase “groundhog day”: to repeat something over and over again.

9. Phil’s fans have been able to get text message alerts of his predictions since 2010. (Text “Groundhog” to 247365, in case you’re interested.)

10. According to ABCNewsthe National Climatic Data Center found that there is no correlation between Phil’s prediction and the actual weather forecast.

So, what’s your prediction? More wintry weather, or blue skies and sunshine? Sound off by writing a comment below.

This article originally appeared on hvmag.com in 2015. It has been updated to reflect 2019’s forecast and Punxsutawney Phil statistics. 


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Council meeting canceled

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The Bowie City Council meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled and rescheduled for Feb. 7 due to the inclement weather.

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Father/Daughter Dance fun (short video)

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LINE DANCE AT THE fATHER/dAUGHTER DANCE sATURDAY IN bOWIE.
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Snow pictures abound this week

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(Top) This family of four snowmen was created by Lennox, Parx and Ross Houston on McWilliams Drive late Tuesday as a hefty snow fell. (Courtesy photo)

Sam and Charlie Goad built this snowman Tuesday night. Thank you to everyone who sent in their snowy photos from this week’s snow. We had more than 150 submissions on our Facebook page. We appreciate your participation. (Courtesy photo)
Courtney and Quinn McEwen built their snowman as Tuesday night’s darkness rolled in. (Courtesy phot)
Rebecca Gilliland captured her kids on this trampoline in the snowy woods. (Courtesy photo)
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