Here’s the bad news: Looks like we’ve got six more weeks of winter ahead of us.

Here’s the good news: Our wintry sentence was conveyed by a most charming messenger–Punxsutawney Phil, the nation’s most celebrated groundhog.

Here’s the even better news: We’ve got some Groundhog Day fun facts to help you celebrate this, one of the more obscure American/Canadian holidays, with your students. Here they are:


Letters in the word prognosticator, which means one who foretells from signs and symptoms


Year the movie Groundhog Day brought new excitement and interest to the celebration of this lesser-known holiday


Average weight, in pounds, of a grown groundhog


Weight, in pounds, of Punxsutawney Phil, the famous Pennsylvania groundhog


Size of the largest crowd that has gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to celebrate Groundhog Day


Year the first Groundhog Day celebration was held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania