The Mike & Carla Morning Show

The Mike & Carla Morning Show

The Mike & Carla Morning Show

It’s Groundhog Day, but don’t put too much stock in what Punxsutawney Phil says about when springtime will arrive. He hasn’t actually had the best record, but it’s not horrible. He’s been right 39% of the time.  You’d be better off flipping a coin.

Happy Groundhog Day! To quote a very famous movie of the same name: “This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype! Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you!” Harsh – but true.

Punxsutawney Phil is probably my favorite huggable little weather predicting rodent. My favorite weather predicting human is still Al Roker.

Punxsutawney Phil’s has been forecasting the weather since 1886, even tough he’s only been right 39% of the time, the Groundhog Club claims he’s never wrong.  They say it’s their fault for misinterpreting his language, “Groundhogese.” Yes, you read it right – apparently Phil has his own language.

He usually predicts six more weeks of winter.  Coming into today, he’d seen his shadow 106 times, plus one “partial shadow” in 1942.  He’s only said “no shadow” 19 times that we know of.  There are 10 years where there’s no record.  The partial shadow was a statement about World War Two.  He supposedly said, “War clouds have blacked out parts of the shadow.”  (1943 was the only year he didn’t make an appearance at all)

By the way -the Bill Murray Movie Groundhog day was released thirty years ago! Some guy just finished watching it every day for a full year.  He wrote an article about it for, if you’d like to read about it. Hee went through four stages while watching it.

Oh, by the way – Phil. The Goundhog. saw his shadow (probably because there was sun, so anyone would probably see a shadow, right?) Six more weeks of winter!


Here are some fun – or perhaps odd -facts about one of the country’s favorite furry meteorologist, and his day –

-Carla Rea



  • 1. They used to EAT Phil after he made his prediction!

    They served him up after the first official Groundhog Day in 1887 and said he was quite “tender.”

    Groundog day

  • 2. Officials at the Groundhog Club claim he's immortal.

    He supposedly drinks something called the “Elixir of Life” every summer, and they’ve been using the same groundhog all these years. Sure – ok.

    Grounhog Day

  •  3. Phil has a wife

    Her name is Phyllis.  They’ve never had kids. The Groundhog Club says she doesn’t drink the Elixir of Life and ISN’T immortal. But – I’ll bet she’d appreciate it if he left the house more than once a year!

    Groundhog Day

  • 4. During Prohibition, Phil threatened to take drastic action

    Phil said if they didn’t let him have a drink, he’d impose SIXTY more weeks of winter! Wow – way to fight for your right to party! BARTENDER!!!!

    Groundhog Dat

  • 5. The Gobbler's Knob Groundhog day event attracts thousands of people.

    The record was around 40,000 in 2020.  Then the next year, it was ZERO.  They did it virtually in 2021 because of COVID-19.  Before the Bill Murray movie came out 30 years ago this month, only around 2,000 people were showing up for it. Btw – Gobblers Knob sounds like something from one of THOSE movies…

    Groundhog Day



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