Get To Know Some Of The Many Meteorological Marmots Of North America
This Sunday, groundhogs across the continent will be pulled out of burrows and tree stumps to tell you what the weather might be like. These are their stories.
Hailing from the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is located about 80 miles from Pittsburgh, Phil is the king of the groundhogs and the granddaddy of them all. He has been prognosticating since the 1800s. Each year he draws a crowd of 40,000 or more to find out whether or not he saw his shadow.
Jimmy the Groundhog
Jimmy is a native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, which is located outside of the state capital of Madison. Sun Prairie claims the title of Official Groundhog Capital of the World. Jimmy has been around since the middle of the 20th century.
Boulder, Colorado's Flatiron Freddie is neither living nor a groundhog. He is a mounted, stuffed yellow-bellied marmot. He draws a small crowd of concerned citizens who put their meteorological hopes on formerly animate objects.
As if Winnipeg, Manitoba needed a groundhog to alert them that winter probably wont be over anytime soon, they have both this real live groundhog and a puppet groundhog named Manitoba Merv.