Saturday, February 2, 2013
The Howell Conference & Nature Center celebrated Woody's 15th Annual prediction as Michigan's Official Groundhog.
Woody, Michigan's Official Groundhog who calls the Howell Conference and Nature Center home, predicted an early spring on Saturday morning, according to Livingston Daily. Woody, unlike her chief rival Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, admits when she errs—which has only been four times. According to Howell Nature Center Director Dana DeBenham, she has correctly made 10 out of 14 predictions. For the second year running, Woody predicted an early spring, which means she stayed outside of her den at the nature center for at least 30 seconds Saturday morning. And this year, Phil seems to agree with her. However, the rodent meteorologists might have lost their edge, as wind chill factors have been below zero and snow showers have caused …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Students at Northwood Elementary predict the groundhog will not see his shadow Saturday.
Will the groundhog see his shadow this year? Students in Jennifer Bissel's kindergarten class at Northwood Elementary predict he will not. Every year on Feb. 2 Groundhog Day is celebrated. On that day, the groundhog comes out of its burrow and checks for its shadow to determine how soon spring will arrive. According to tradition, if groundhogs see their shadow, they will be frightened and want to run back into their burrow, and six more weeks of winter will follow. If they don't, spring is around the corner. Bissel read students a story of how it is that the groundhog has the big job of forecasting the weather and then students made predictions of their own. A total of 16 students predicted the groundhog will not see his shadow, thus an …
Monday, January 28, 2013
There's a lot going on in Royal Oak this week. What do you have planned?
It's a busy week in Royal Oak, as usual. Here are five things you should know as you go about your week:
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The local chapter meets over drinks to revel in all things groundhog.
About 40 people met at BlackFinn in Royal Oak on Thursday evening for drinks, appetizers, games and videos from Punxsutawney, PA — all to celebrate Groundhog Day. Bill Allen, a Royal Oak producer, organized the event. This morning at 7:25, after seeing his shadow, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits in the private Pearl Room at the downtown saloon. Why Groundhog Day? It's a good excuse to get friends together in the middle of winter and have some fun. “It’s a very important holiday,” Allen said. “For several years I would get everyone together to watch Groundhog Day (the 1993 film starring Bill Murray) and no one ever watched the movie. So last year we decided to get together…
More than 50 people attended the Groundhog Day Celebration at the Howell Nature Center.
Woody, Michigan's Official Groundhog, braved the brisk air early this morning at the Howell Nature Center to make her Groundhog Day prediction. Woody, unlike her chief rival Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, admits when she errs – which has only been four times. According to Howell Nature Center Director Dana DeBenham, she has correctly made 9 out of 13 predictions. This year, Woody's prediction of an early spring was met with cheering from the more than 50 people gathered at the nature center. An early spring is predicted when Woody stays outside her den for 30 seconds or more. Woody came to live at the center when she was less than a year old after a local farmer shot her mother, DeBenham said, and has been making Groundhog Day …
More winter? What winter? Just how accurate is that groundhog?
Punxsutawney Phil might be a little off his game. This morning at 7:25, the rodent meteorologist saw his shadow – predicting six more weeks of winter – leaving some to question his credentials as temperatures have soared 20 or more degrees above normal in the past few days and weeks. Phil's critics include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has been tracking his predictions since 1988. The administration claims there is “no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis.” NOAA provides this table as proof: But wait, back on Oct. 20, 2011, the NOAA's Prediction Center released its first outlook for winter 2011-12 (Dec. 1, 2011 to Feb. 29, 2012), forecasting colder-than-normal …
The children of Mon Ami Day Care & Nursery School in Royal Oak show how to have some fun with the annual 'holiday.'
Today, the children at Mon Ami Day Care & Nursery School will be making Groundhog Day puppets in honor of Punxsutawney Phil who comes out of his burrow at 7:20 a.m. on Feb. 2. Tradition has it, if the rodent sees his shadow, he expects six weeks of bad weather. If Phil is shadowless, it is a sign that spring is near. Watch the video to learn how to assemble a groundhog puppet. You'll need these supplies: