Groundhog Day 2011

Wednesday is Groundhog Day, the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.

According to German folklore, if a groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and sees his or her shadow we’ll have six more weeks of winter.  But if the day is cloudy and his shadow remains hidden, spring is just around the corner.

Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual prediction at about 7:15 this morning. 

Michigan’s Woody, the only known female groundhog, is expected to make her prediction at about 8:15 a.m. in Livingston County.  Officials say it might be the first time Woody’s prediction comes in the middle of a blizzard.

It will be Woody’s 13th such prediction.  She has correctly predicted winter’s end nine of 12 times.