Groundhog’s Day is this Saturday, February 2! Will it be six more weeks of winter? Well, if winter means highs in the 80s like it’s been here in Florida then I guess it doesn’t matter if Phil sees his shadow or not since we only have two seasons here… HOT and HOTTER! We decided to mix it up with this fun hog infographic filled with facts about the actual groundhog instead of just being all about the day itself. We hope you enjoy this fun, fact-filled infographic brought to you by the creative team at our Florida Advertising Agency.
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It’s All About the Hog
By Justin Ollivierre Posted on January 30, 2013
Phil emerges from his hole every year on February 2nd in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil first predicted the weather 127 years ago. Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog. According to the legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Crowds of around 40,000 gather in Punxsutawney, PA every February 2nd to celebrate the holiday. Groundhog Day lore suggests that Punxsutawney Phil drinks a magic elixir every summer, which gives him 7 more years of life. Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow 99 times, has not seen it 16 times, and 9 years are unaccounted for.
Punxsutawney Phil is 22 inches long and weighs 20 pounds. Most groundhogs in the wild are rarely heavier than 12 pounds. When groundhogs awake after hibernation in February, they will have lost almost half of their body weight. A maximum age of 14 years has been documented for groundhogs in captivity. An average groundhog removes over 700 pounds of dirt to dig his burrow-that’s roughly the size of a small adult cow! Groundhogs whistle when alarmed and when they begin courting. Groundhog litters consist of 4 to 9 babies known at kits or cubs.
The National Climatic Data Center has stated that Phil’s predictions have been correct 39% of the time…while Phil’s club claims he’s been right 100% of the time. Punxsutawney Phil can now text you his weather prediction. Text “Groundhog” to 247365 on Groundhog Day.