Groundhog Day 2023 Descension in the Ranks

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Groundhog Day 2023 Descension in the Ranks

Groundhog Day 2023 Descension in the Ranks

In the Groundhog Day tradition, the groundhog wakes up early on the annual Feb. 2 holiday and looks around for its shadow. If it sees its shadow, winter will persist for another six weeks. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow, then spring will come early.

In Gobbler's Nob PA, Punxsutawney Phil, probably annoyed at being rousted from bed so early, and after almost biting one of the assembled dignitaries, predicted another 6 weeks of winter.

Chuckles XI made his annual appearance at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester. Manchester Mayor Jay Moran translated Chuckles XI prediction of an early spring.

So who is one to believe?

Common sense would suggest that always trust the ones closest to you which would mean we will not have that dreaded 6 extra weeks of winter. Of course, in years past, when the shortened forecast was given, we got enough snow in that shortened period to wish it had been drawn out over a longer time.

It's no secret that the flow in Connecticut is never the same as the rest of the country so could Chuckles just be trying to be different as well? Only time will tell and when March does come in will there be votes of impeachment for Chuckles?

Groundhog Day 2023 Descension in the Ranks

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Comments (18)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thank you for sharing the information. Wishing you continued success.  Have a wonderful day and sell a house.  Bill

Feb 02, 2023 01:43 PM
Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent information, Edward.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week. Another 6 week of winter

Feb 02, 2023 01:46 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed, 

I just love all the folklore and history of Groundhog Day.  Of course, I love the movie also.  What makes me light up is the fact that we are halfway to spring.  In Arizona, our spring comes early no matter what the Groundhogs say.  LOL! Have a great Groundhog Day!

Feb 02, 2023 01:57 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Ed Silva excellent detailed post on Groundhog Day. Enjoy six weeks of winter, and Happy Groundhog Day!

Feb 02, 2023 03:01 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed so I guess this means Punxsutawney Phil, and Chuckles XI would make great weather forecasters since between them they only stand a 50/50 chance of being correct.  

Punxsutawney Phil

Feb 02, 2023 03:33 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I'm starting to put a little more stock in professional weather forecasters than the rodents. They do seem to be getting better at their job.

Feb 02, 2023 04:39 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I think we average the two results.  It looks like three more weeks of winter!

Feb 02, 2023 06:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- what a cute post. We are experiencing cold, dreary, and wet days here so an early spring would be welcome here. 

Feb 02, 2023 08:04 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Ed Silva ,

Well I don't want to hear about 6 mo9re weeks of winter! Austin just got hit by a horrific ice storm. My power was just restored! I'm done!! It's going to be 70 and sunny on Saturday...bring it on!!!

Feb 02, 2023 09:07 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Well, I for one will be happy to see Spring again!

Feb 03, 2023 04:39 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Other than the movie with Bill Murray, I haven't paid much attention to Groundhog day since our winters are quite mild.

Feb 03, 2023 05:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What can I say, Ed, except that they both have a 50% chance of being right and a 50% chance of being wrong! :)

Feb 03, 2023 05:29 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

We'll see who is right.. but I am just getting a laugh out of Phil almost biting one of the 'assembled dignitaries!" 

Feb 03, 2023 08:31 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva - I just finished commenting on someone's post from yesterday and mentioned I didn't know if the groundhog saw its shadow. Now I'm here! I'm smarter now than a few minutes ago, thanks to you! That was GREAT information! Thanks for the research and enlightenment!

Feb 03, 2023 02:16 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I have known about Phil all my life but this is the first I have heard of Chuckles! There was a story on our local news that Phil's overall accuracy is only 40% so if Chuckles is higher, I'd go with his prediction.

Feb 03, 2023 11:00 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We have another cold but sunny day in Maryland. Thankfully, we have had no more snow since Wednesday.

Feb 04, 2023 07:40 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Love the history, Ed! I'm always curious what he'll see but, heard on Groundhog's Day that PP is wrong nearly 60% of the time! I had no idea he was that 'off!'

I did hear a joke I'll share with you...

I love February - it contains two of my favorite annual events: Groundhog Day and The State of the Union Address.

One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a notoriously unreliable mammal for prognostication with NO basis in reality>

The other, involve a groundhog! 🤪

Feb 05, 2023 10:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

That's pretty funny, Ed - the battle of the groundhogs and their predictions. What will be will be.


Feb 05, 2023 01:00 PM