A Ground(hog) Breaking Day

Natalie Lindmark, Reporter

Calling all spring cleaners, Groundhog Day is here! Groundhog Day is an American tradition that falls on Feb. 2 of every year. The name “Groundhog Day” comes from the tradition of the groundhog predicting the spring season’s emergence. The tradition first began in 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  A groundhog coming out of his burrow from the long winter months to see his shadow will indicate another 6 weeks of winter will be in place, whereas if the groundhog does not see his shadow, an early spring will arrive. On top of the groundhog’s decision, a sunny day will help indicate a later spring, whereas a cloudy day would show an early spring or later winter still. This Friday, the groundhog has come out to announce there will be six more weeks of cold winter weather. The event took place early in the morning and Phil the Groundhog was ready to go as he came out of his burrow and unfortunately, did see his shadow. We can only hope spring comes faster than predicted for Kansas City!