January 26, 2022
Jimmy The Groundhog

Its Groundhog Day! And Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is the official prognostication spot, regardless of what Punxsutawney says

Forget Punxsutawney Phil. According to Congress, Jimmy the Groundhog of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin is where the rodent weather forecasting is at.

Jimmy the Groundhog on Groundhog Day, 2010

On February 2nd, we celebrate “cross-quarter day”, normally the midway point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. Now, in the media and movies – thanks to the film Groundhog Day – that annoying groundhog in Pennsylvania gets much of the glory. But really, Sun Prairie holds the official title of “Groundhog Capital of the World”, as noted in the Congressional Record.

Jimmy the Groundhog makes his annual prediction in Sun Prairie on February 2nd. Based on sunny skies predicted for the morning of the 2nd here in 2021, theoretically Jimmy will dart right back into his hole, predicting six more weeks of winter. But really – when hasn’t winter extended into the first part of March in Wisconsin? Come on…

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