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Weather Museum Hosts Houston Groundhog Day Gala

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Step aside, Punxsutawney Phil. Houston has its own furry weather prognosticator who will provide us the forecast on the end of our Texas “winter”.

Join the Josh C. Freeman Weather Museum as they present their Groundhog Day Gala, Thursday, February 2, beginning at 2:00 pm.

Alamo the Texas Longhorn Groundhog will emerge that morning before a crowd of onlookers to watch for his shadow. If he sees it, of course, it will mean six more weeks of winter weather. Weather Museum meteorologists will of course be in attendance to take note of the forecast.

Visitors can participate in Groundhog Day activities throughout the museum and have the opportunity to take photos with Alamo.

During the event, the Weather Museum hosts its Groundhog Day Gala at the Hotel ZaZa, featuring a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent auction and raffle.

Museum officials will also present the Weather Hero Awards, given to groups or individuals who have demonstrated heroic qualities in the education of others in science and mathematics, volunteer efforts in the meteorological community, or providing assistance to others during a weather emergency.

Groundhog Day began as a Pennsylvania German custom in southeastern and central areas of the state in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was brought to America by European immigrants celebrating native folk legends. Depending on their region of origin the initial the weather forecasting animals were either a badger or bear.

According to tradition, if it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2, he will not see its shadow, thus signifying winter is almost over. If it is sunny however, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into the burrow, meaning winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

The Weather Museum is located at 5104 Caroline Street, in Houston.

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