Did The Groundhog See His Shadow 2011

Groundhogs Day 2011

Every year, people across the world direct their attention to the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania.  The same happened on Groundhog Day 2011.  Questions concerning winter weather can be answered with the folklore of whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow in 2011.  

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If the groundhog sees his shadow, it will retreat back into it's burrow, thus signifying 6 more weeks of winter.  If the groundhog does not see his shadow, this signifies that winter will soon end.  People gather around television sets and streaming internet video to see if the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw glimpses of his shadow and ran back to his burrow scared, or went  into the sunlight, showing signs of an early spring.  Though there is no scientific evidence backing up the curious mystery of the groundhog, it is a folkloric belief to the changing of the seasons.  Groundhog day was made even more popular in the 1993 film "Groundhog Day".  

So did the groundhog see his shadow on Groundhog Day 2011?  No!  The groundhog left his burrow and did not see his shadow, thus indicating that spring will come early.  This is according to the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, however, there are several other popular groundhogs around the country that people focus on that did in fact see their shadows, indicating that we will have 6 more weeks of winter.  Punxsutawney Phil is the most popular groundhog, so when answering the question: did the groundhog see his shadow in 2011? the correct answer would be no.  

According to folklore, this harsh winter will end shortly.  The groundhog has helped us deal with the large amount of cold and snow that we've experienced.  While winter still lasts, and if snow traps you, be sure to check out my article that explains 7 awesome things to do when it snows.  This will help you get through these last couple weeks of winter.

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I suggest that on this Groundhog Day and on Groundhog Day's in the future, you embrace the holiday.  It's a fun and interesting holiday, that has a weird history.  Do some exploratory research into the origins of the holiday, and watch the movie "Groundhog Day" that's probably constantly being played on television.  For future Groundhog Day's, try watching a live stream of the Ground Hog walking out of his home and seeing if he has seen his shadow or not.  This anticipation is fun and exciting.  Chances are, you can go online and witness video footage of the groundhog leaving his home and not seeing his shadow. I hope that this article helped you understand that the groundhog did not see his shadow in 2011.