“Okay campers, rise and shine and don’t forget your booties, ’cause it’s cold out there!” That’s a repetitive line from the famous 1993 hit movie “Groundhog Day.” If you haven’t seen the movie, you must watch it soon—and over and over again!
So, will we repeat more winter weather in the days to come? It looks like the consensus of the groundhogs says “yes!”
According to legend, if a groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected. If he does not see his shadow, an early spring is expected. These predictions don’t hold any real merit, but nevertheless, it’s fun for weather and groundhog enthusiasts alike!
Punxsutawney Phil in Punxsutawney, Penn. saw his shadow early this morning, meaning six more weeks of winter.
“Nice going boys, you’re playing yesterday’s tape!” – Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) in Groundhog Day
Closer to home, Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee, who now resides in Butts County (about half-way between Atlanta and Macon), also saw his shadow, prognosticating six more weeks of winter.
Up Interstate 75, Chattanooga Chuck also predicted six more weeks of winter from his home at Tennessee Aquarium.
“Keep out your hat and coat, don’t put them away, because for a least six more weeks winter’s here to stay,” he is reported to have said in a statement released from Tennessee Aquarium.
[Related: January Brought Chilly, Dry Weather to Augusta]
Feeling nostalgic? Watch this report from Groundhog Day 2014:
Happy Groundhog Day, and bundle up!!