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Video: Inside Groundhog Day

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A few years ago, the Farmers’ Almanac TV crew headed to Punxsutawney, Pa., for the annual Groundhog Day festivities at Gobbler’s Knob. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the oldest and biggest Groundhog Day celebration in North America.

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1 Jaime McLeod { 02.02.12 at 10:56 am }

No, brady mom, it’s always been Phil. The groundhog in Tampa, Florida is Pardon-Me Pete. Maybe you’re thinking of that one (and don’t ask me why Tampa needs a groundhog to tell them when winter will end).

2 brady mom { 02.02.12 at 10:50 am }

I thought it was Punxsutawney Pete.. Am I wrong or was his name changed at some time ?

3 Bob Herndon { 02.01.12 at 8:56 am }

I’ve been observing GH day since I was a kid (I’m 56 now). It has been remarkably accurate, however, not when observing Phil, but when observing the weather in one’s own locale. When sunny in PA and cloudy in TN, if you live in TN go with the local groundhog! I call ours “Tennessee Tom” 🙂

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