Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. Before retiring in 2023, North Carolina’s own Sir Walter Wally gave his predictions at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Groundhog Day 2021
Sir Walter Wally. From NC Natural Sciences Museum

Whether the groundhog sees his shadow (winter) or not (spring) is said to determine the type of weather for the remaining six weeks of winter:

  • Shadow: 6 more weeks of winter
  • No Shadow: Early Spring

Sir Walter Wally’s Record

Note: Normal values are based on the 1991-2020 Climate Normals from NCEI