More winter or early spring depends on your groundhog

Woodstock Willie predicts spring (photo courtesy of Real Woodstock)
Woodstock Willie predicts spring (photo courtesy of Real Woodstock)

If you believe what furry little burrowing animals predict on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, regarding an early spring or six more weeks of winter, it  might depend on where you live.

Punxsutawney Phil’s  prediction, held every Groundhog Day in Western Pennsylvania since 1887, is for more winter.

Phil reportedly saw his shadow at 7:25 Eastern Time according to the The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club during a virtual 2021 event instead of at a jammed Gobbler’s Knob.

But in the Midwestern town of  Woodstock IL, Woodstock Willie who at first was reluctant to leave his abode, noted at 7:07 a.m. Central Time, he definitely didn’t see his shadow so he predicted an early spring to a happy crowd of attendees.

Following the prediction, everyone was invited to Toast to World Peace” over at the Public House of Woodstock’s patio.

“This has been a doozy of a year so we are excited to bring some hope to the world by still hosting the prognostication in Woodstock,” said Danielle Gulli, president of Real Woodstock and the Woodstock Area Chamber of commerce and Industry.

No matter what the groundhog’s weather prediction was in Pennsylvania back in 1992, “Groundhog Day,” written by Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin, was mostly filmed in Woodstock.

The movie  become a fan favorite when released by Columbia Pictures in 1993 and started bringing visitors to the picturesque town following a small, groundhog celebration in 1995.

BTW the prediction didn’t matter but the movie’s snowstorm ignored by Bill Murray as a TV weatherman, did. See the trailer.

Related: Groundhog Day is back in Woodstock.

Jodie Jacobs

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