PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. -- An end to winter's bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania's famous groundhog. Following a recent stretch of weather that's included temperatures well below freezing as well as record warmth, tornadoes in the South and Midwest and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands but didn't see his shadow.
Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2 on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.
The prediction is made during a ceremony overseen by a group called the Inner Circle. Members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.
Bill Deeley, president of the Inner Circle, says that after "consulting" with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world's Punxsutawney Phil has to say about the weather.
Phil is known as the "seer of seers" and "sage of sages." Organizers predicted about 20,000 people this weekend, a larger-than-normal crowd because Groundhog Day falls on a weekend this year.*
Personally, I am a huge fan of warm weather, especially after some of the unseasonably cold nights we've had here in the Bay Area. But I am also a huge fan of winter sports, ie. skiing, as are our customers. So what does this mean for GROVE STREET kids? It means that we are transitioning into Spring Merchandise, based on the inquiries of our customers (ie. do you have any bathing suits?) yet we still have plenty of cold weather clothing to choose from, and given that it is only the beginning of February, and Ski Week is almost upon us, please stop by to see what remains in our collection of snow gear!
*Credit Huffington Post