PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDYahdee and grandson Lee travel cross country Feb. 2 to give the weather report, though they would have rather been on the Jordan Creek, South Whitehall Township. The duo said there was too much ice to make the trip. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
With the help of Unner Haaptmann (vice president) Robert Schantz, grandson Lee translates GrandPa Yahdee’s forecast to Haaptmann David Adam. As Yahdee did not see his shadow, his forecast was “Five more weeks of winter, then spring arrives just in time to plant your peas!” Copyright - Lou Wheeland
A moment of silence was observed to remember Carson Frey and all the past members of Grundsau Nu. 16. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Sisters Mary and Bridget Rabold, both from Salisbury Township, keep each other warm. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Gavin, a 9- -year-old Ridgeless Rhodesian Ridgeback checks out Yahdee for signs of life. Gavin brought his human, Susan Gilio from Whitehall, to the event. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Right: Aeddon, Wendy and Sam Lukens from Orefield, join Bob Schantz and Lee for a photo. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Yahdee predicts five more weeks of winter
Continuing the long Pennsylvania German tradition of predicting the end of winter, Grundsau (Groundhog) Lodge No.16, took mascot Yahdee and his “grandson” Lee to the banks of Jordan Creek, South Whitehall Township.
If, as legend has it, Yahdee would see his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow appears, we would be in for an early spring.
As the temperature were in the low 20s on Groundhog Day, most on hand at the early hour of 7 a.m. were hoping for a shadow-less day.
Haaptmann David Adam, president of Grundsau Lodsch Nu. 16 Am Jahden (Groundhog Lodge 16 on the Jordan) presided over the event.
Ruth Wicker of North Whitehall accompanied the singing on keyboard.
A moment of silence was held in the memory of Carson Frey of Heidelberg Township, a longtime member of Grundsau Nu. 16 and originator of the Yahdee on the Jordan Creek prognostication event.