Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, prepare for six more weeks of winter

When my now-deceased dog was young and spry, he went on a crazy groundhog-killing spree for two summers in a row. Apparently, I live on a property with a lot of groundhogs (my house abuts a golf course) and the groundhogs loved my neighbor’s garden. Well, no more. Those two summers, it was a groundhog holocaust. I don’t even remember how many my dog killed, but it was easily more than five.

Still, I’ve always liked groundhogs. They’re adorable, they’re so fat, and they basically half-waddle and half-slither because they’re so close to the ground. Today is Groundhog Day and here in America, we wait to see what Punxsutawney Phil has to say about winter. If Phil “sees his shadow,” that means we’ll get six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring comes early. Well that thick motherf–ker saw his shadow this morning. So, winter is coming. Hopefully, it’s not nuclear winter.

I hope you enjoy the groundhog photos!

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Alleycat says:

    We may have to rely on groundhogs more often since apparently our administration does not believe in science or climate change.

  2. Olenna says:

    “thick”, LOL! That little dude is a fat, pampered rodent.

  3. Jem says:

    He came out, saw Trump was president, and went back inside and killed himself. Winter permanently… or at least until the tiny grabby -handed orangutan is impeached.

  4. Melody says:

    Where I live, we can only dream of spring coming in six weeks. Try 10 at least…

  5. Tina says:

    Well here in Canada our Wiarton Willie predicted an early spring, so I’m going with that.

    • Erinn says:

      We have Shubenacadia Sam in NS. He is also saying early spring. Not that I’m going to put my hopes into a chubby little rodent, but it’d definitely be nice. Our winter has been SUPER reasonable this year as is though.

  6. LinaLamont says:

    Staten Island Chuck says early spring.
    He has a better record than Phil. I hope Chuck’s right this year.

  7. Slowsnow says:

    This makes me think of Groundhog day, that I just watched with my kids.
    It is far better than I remembered btw. Hilarious and clever.
    But I thought it was not a real tradition!
    It exists!

  8. Umila says:

    I’ve been waiting for the first six weeks!!! West Texas is so unpredictable.

  9. Shambles says:

    Um I live in Georgia, we haven’t even had a full week of winter. Just goes to show, you can never trust those pollsters

    • Ccinkissimmee says:

      Right? My electric bill is in shambles from me turning the A.C. on one day then the heat the next.

  10. Lily says:

    Has anyone even had a real winter?

    It’s been in 60/70s here 😟

    • burnsie says:

      Yeah, our winter has been *super* mild too. I’m only wearing a jacket so I don’t look weird in front of everyone else

      (Nooooooo of course I’m not self-conscious….)

    • wood dragon says:

      It’s been a feeble one in the DC area. Haphazard at best. Kind of annoying.

  11. Coop says:

    Next week in Palm Springs we’ve got 80 degrees on the books… Does your rule not apply to the desert, Phil?!?!

  12. Eric says:

    And Phil predicted 4 years of hell also.

  13. Scarlett says:

    Where I live, we have Woodstock Willie and he predicted 6 more weeks of winter, in other news…..if anyone knows any good recipes for groundhog, pass it along.

  14. Jay (the Canadian one) says:

    Why is this a thing? Ugh there’s probably an app for avoiding ladders too.

  15. shelly says:

    London Lance, the crack addict Hamster has not emerged from his cage yet, so I have no idea what the next six weeks is going to be like, weather wise.

  16. Lightpurple says:

    The winter of our discontent. Can we get a peer review of Phil’s prediction?