Punxsutawney Phil 2011 Steals the Show: What About All The OTHER Gifted Groundhogs?


Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil is like Angelina Jolie on the red carpet, stealing the spotlight and getting all the attention while other equally as glamorous and talented starlets slink by.

But Punxsutawney Phil ain’t the only prognosticating groundhog around. But he was the first. The first Groudhog prediction happened on February 2nd, 1886 and the first public viewing at Gobbler’s Knob happened the next year. Punxsutawney Phil really came into his own when he had his starring role in Groundhog Day along Bill Murray.

Although Punxsutawney Phil seems to be the only groundhog around on this day, there are a whole slew of those weather predicting groundhogs. What other towns claim their own mini meteorologist?

Wiarton Willie in Wiarton, Ontario
Staten Island Chuck in New York City
General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta, Ga.
Malverne Mel and Melissa in Malverne, N.Y.
Brandon Bob in Brandon, Manitoba
Balzac Billy in Balzac, Alberta
Shubenacadie Sam in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Gary the Groundhog in Kleinburg, Ontario
Spanish Joe of Spanish, Ontario
Sir Walter Wally in Raleigh, N.C.
Pardon Me Pete in Tampa, Fl.
Jimmy the Groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisc.
Octoraro Orphie in Quarryville, Pa.

(From Farmer’s Almanac)