Has there ever been any research done to support climate differences in comparison to the "groundhog's" prediction? I was just curious about this. When did Groundhog Day originate anyway?
Posted February 4, 2007
Apparently the holiday has roots in old European sayings about the staying power of winter that related to whether skies were bright or cloudy on Candlemas day, chosen for its position on the calendar halfway between the winter solstice and the vernal (spring) equinox. The same timing was applied when the Punxsutawney Phil tradition was initiated, back in 1887.
Here are some addresses for more information. First, if you'd like to track the predictions of our local Sir Walter Wally, and some follow-up weather data, see this site hosted by the NC State Climate:
The National Climatic Data Center has a similar page with a more national perspective and a bit more Groundhog history at