If you live in northeastern United States, you – let us predict – are fed up with recent heavy snow and winter storms, aren’t you? In that case you are eager to know when this winter will be over.
There is no need either to check your calendar or to hear weather reports. Pack your suitcase and go directly to Punxsutawney situated in 84 miles (135 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Only here, in this small town with 6,000 residents, you will know first the most accurate prediction when spring will come.
Book your round-trip flight Boston ⇄ Pittsburgh (Feb. 1-3, 2014) for $285 and take part in Groundhog Day celebration which will be held in Punxsutawney (see more at: https://www.travelpapa.com/y/l)
[singlepic id=149 w=450 h= float=center]
Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.
According to Wilipedia, the largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, where crowds as large as 40,000 have gathered to celebrate the holiday since at least 1886.
Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott.
The day is observed with various ceremonies at other communicates in North America. The University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, has Groundhog Day as an official university holiday and organizes a large-scale celebration every year. It is claimed to be the second largest Groundhog celebration in the world.
Oh, one more thing you should know. According to Groundhog Day organizers, the rodents’ forecasts are accurate 75% to 90% of the time. According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predictions have been correct 39% of the time. The National Climatic Data Center has described the forecasts as “on average, inaccurate” and stated that “The groundhog has shown no talent for predicting the arrival of spring, especially in recent years.”
Believe it or not, most people trust the groundhog’s prediction. That is why thousands of them are planning to visit Punxsutawney this February. And what about you?