Groundhog Day celebrates the notoriety of the most popular American rodent: the Groundhog. The Bill Murray film, entitled Groundhog Day made the celebrated traditional special day even more noticeable worldwide.
The most famous American groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, makes the yearly prediction. But is the groundhog as accurate as the Farmer's Almanac, another American icon? There is even a website for Groundhog Day and famous Phil. A team at Washington Post did the math and calculated that the groundhog predictions were accurate for some areas of the United States and inaccurate for others.
Of course, the prognosticate rodent is a woodchuck that can be found in the forests of North America, especially the Northeast where the tradition began. In the wild, the woodchuck can be considered a pest for gardeners for they burrow and tunnel through the ground and can destroy a garden in short time.
For 2015, Phil saw his shadow, so its six more weeks of winter.
This year, groundhogs made the news and five times not for their weather prediction capability.