DENISON, Texas (KTEN) – The day dedicated to a rodent known around the world as the “Prognosticator of all Prognosticators,” Groundhog Day has a long history in the United States. The first ever Groundhog Day was held on February 2, 1877 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Since then, Punxsutawney Phil has performed his annual duty without fail.

Any given February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania can be mighty cold. The same can be said about Texoma back in 2011. The mercury hit just 18° on February 2, 2011, the coldest Groundhog Day ever in Texoma. Groundhog Day can be rather warm too with Sherman hitting 85° in 1963.

Texoma's weather records on Groundhog Day

 

Texoma’s snowiest Groundhog Day was in 1988 when 1.0 inches of snow fell in Sherman.

No snow is forecast for this year’s Groundhog Day. Temperatures could reach the mid 60s in Texoma with thunderstorms in the forecast for the evening and overnight hours. Meanwhile, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, temperatures are slated to reach the low 40s with overcast conditions. Even some snow showers could fall in the early morning hours of Groundhog Day when Phil makes his famous prognostication.

Forecast for Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

 

The KTEN Weather Team has put in their own prognostications! Due to overcast conditions, those clouds could prevent Phil from seeing his shadow, therefore forecasting an early spring!

The KTEN Weather Team's prognostications for Groundhog Day

 

Whether you want more snow or more warmth, we can all appreciate the joy that an obese rodent from central Pennsylvania gives to millions across the United States.