Ground Hog Day has come and gone

  • There’s no doubt that some Tampa residents were hunkered down at home watching television on Feb. 2 on the lookout for a Pennsylvania groundhog.


    Not just any ordinary groundhog but one forecasts the seasons.


    The only groundhog that can achieve that is Punxsutawney Phil.


    Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Feb. 2, which means there will be six more weeks of winter. If Punxsutawney Phil had not seen his shadow that means spring would have come early.


    This year marks Punxsutawney Phil 126th prediction. Each year since 1886 Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his home on Gobbler’s Knob on Feb. 2.


    The groundhog, which calls Pennsylvania home, is greeted by thousands and thousands of enthusiasts who watch his historic weather prediction. While there has been some speculation as to whether the groundhog actually makes the forecast or if it comes from the “Inner Circle,” those close to the ground say it is Punxsutawney Phil and only Punxsutawney Phil who makes the prediction.


    While the faithful in Pennsylvania partied with Punxsutawney Phil, there were people in the Tampa area who took in the classic film, Ground Hog Day starring Bill Murray which was shown at a local theater or maybe they watched it in their home.


    In the film,Murray repeats the same day over and over again. It’s sort of like living in Tampa.


    Six more weeks of winter in Tampa isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Temperatures inTampa are hovering around the low 80s which is not bad at all considering what other northern states are facing.


    You can rest assured that regardless what transpired in Pennsylvania, it’s still pretty much a beautiful day in Tampa each and every day.


    So take advantage of the weather and get outside and enjoy winter, even if it’s non-existent. Go for a walk, visit an area park or stroll over a few blocks in your neighborhood and get to know someone you’ve only seen in passing. Winter, spring, summer or fall – make the most of each day.