It’s Groundhog Day Again! Is Winter Over?

Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day, forever immortalized in the Bill Murray film, is the day when Pennsylvanians use a groundhog — Punxsatawney Phil — to determine whether winter will be over soon or whether it will last six more weeks. This year, Punxsatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, prompting the Groundhog Club (yes, that’s a real thing) to declare we’re due for an early spring.

Punxsawtawney (or Pullman?) Sam the Groundhog!
Punxsawtawney (or Pullman?) Sam the Groundhog!

Last year, we posted about Digilent’s own Punxsutawney Sam the groundhog and his ability to tell us whether we’ll have more winter based on┬áthe light sensor circuit that Larissa demo’d on the Digilent forum.

The value shown on the PmodOLED stays in 200-400 range. When Sam the Groundhog approaches the sensor, the value goes up (with the resistance from the sensor).

What other Groundhog Day projects could we do? We found one on Instructables that builds the alarm clock from the Groundhog Day movie.

We’d love to hear about any projects you have done or if you’ve done either of these, so comment and let us know!

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About Amber Mear

I was the Digilent blog editor, and now I'm a contributor. I love learning about wearables and writing about social issues in STEM. Outside of work, I can be found watching Netflix with my cat, working on an art project, or trying to find new, delicious local foods.

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