Cross your fingers that Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow Saturday morning!
I know most of us here in Boise, Idaho are ready for a change in the weather. With the gray skies and frigid temperatures of the past few weeks, I am definitely ready for a change of pace! This coming Saturday, February 2nd Phil will emerge for his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to let us know what to expect for the remainder of the winter season. 2013 marks the 127th prediction that the infamous groundhog will make. The legend states that if Phil journeys out of his hole to find his shadow, we will endure 6 more weeks of harsh winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, then we will be met with an early spring.
Here are some fun facts about Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil found at www.Groundhog.org
- Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887.
- So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
- The average groundhog is 20” long and weighs about 12-15 pounds. (Phil is a bit on the husky side, weighing in at 20 pounds.)
- Groundhogs are one of the few animals that really hibernate. Hibernation is not just a deep sleep. It is actually a deep coma, where the body temperature drops to a few degrees above freezing, the heart barely beats, the blood scarcely flows, and breathing nearly stops.
- A baby groundhog is called a kit or a cub.
Regardless of Saturday’s weather prediction outcome, now is a great time to get out there and find your dream home! With great, low interest rates and reasonable home prices there is no reason to wait until spring to purchase your new home in Boise, Idaho. The Mortgage Bankers’ Association is predicting that mortgage interest rates will be going up in 2013, approximately one full point.