Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2. And North Carolina has its own groundhog predictor at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Sir Walter Wally!

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