It’s Groundhog Day

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It’s Groundhog Day

Paige Miller, Reporter

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Groundhog Day is an observance celebrated on February 2nd every year. Everyone knows the theory that if the groundhog sees it’s shadow it will go back into it’s burrow out of fear and the cold winter will last for another six weeks. If the groundhog does not see it’s shadow; however, spring is coming. It is kind of an odd thing for someone to come up with, wouldn’t you think?

A random person did not just decide, “Hey, I think a groundhog should predict the weather!” It actually is a tradition from centuries ago that was altered through the years. Nature used to be a huge part in how people figured things out. Back in what is now Germany, people relied on the badger to predict the weather so they would know when to plant their crops.

When they emigrated over to Pennsylvania, however, there were not many badgers. Therefore, they were forced to substitute the groundhog for their beloved badger. Since then the tradition has grown into a full day of parades and town celebrations.

Here in Waterford, it seems like winter has just barely started, with that we have only seen snow a few times. According to junior Grace Erricson, she believes that the groundhog will not see his shadow this year.

Junior Shannon Bushey agreed:  “I doubt he will see his shadow because I think Spring is coming quick.”

Junior Lucas Wenc said, “I hope the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow because I’m ready for winter to be over.”

These three seem to be in good spirits about Groundhog Day, whereas junior Holly Kensel believes that the weather should be based on actual evidence that the news provides. 

Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, predicted that we will have six more winter.

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