Groundhog Day Grounded in Chicago

February 02, 2011

Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day, but the chance of a groundhog seeing his shadow, or anything else with this much snow, is remote.

Because of the blizzard, Brookfield Zoo, which was all geared up for a big Groundhog Day celebration, is closed for only the second time in its 77-year history.

While snowed-in your Chicago home on Groundhog Day, might as well watch the movie "Groundhog Day," starring Chicagoan Bill Murray.

The zoo did move up the main event to Tuesday, when “Tumbleweed Groundhog” was enticed with sweet potato cake to come out her lair.

She reportedly did not see a shadow, which means we’ll have an early spring.

It’s hard to believe that today.

The world’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, came out in Pennsylvania today and did not see his shadow either. Unfortunately, it seems Phil has been right only 39 percent of the time.

According to the Groundhog Day legend:

*If it’s cloudy, the groundhog will not see his shadow and will leave his cave, meaning a quicker end to winter.

*If it’s sunny, the groundhog will see his shadow and revert back to his cave, signaling another six weeks of winter.

Groundhog Day might have been a bust in Chicago, but does the holiday create a moniker for this massive blizzard?

The Great Groundhog Day Blizzard. Sounds good to me.

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