Groundhog Day Weather History for Springfield

  • Normal High & Low Temperature Feb 14: 36 & 20 degrees
  • Warmest Groundhog Day: 62 degrees in 2012
  • Coldest Groundhog Morning: -16 degrees in 1905
  • Coldest Groundhog Daytime High Temperature: -1 in 1996
  • Warmest Groundhog Nighttime Low Temperature: 37 degrees in 1944
  • Wettest Groundhog Day: 1.94 inches in 1883 (Daily average precipitation 0.06 inches)
  • Snowiest Groundhog Day: 5.2 inches of snow in 1961 (Daily average snow 0.2 inches)
  • Whitest Groundhog Day: 12 inch snow depth in 1918
  • Frequency of Precipitation Groundhog Day: 37 of 135 years (27%) measured precipitation
  • Frequency of Snow on Groundhog: 39 out of 114 years (34%) 1 inch or more snow depth
  • Frequency of Cold & Warm Groundhog Day: 33 of 135 years (24%) low below 10F
    46 of 135 years (34%) high 40F or warmer
  • Sunrise 7:06 AM Sunset 5:20 PM CST

Ground Hog Day, is celebrated on February 2. According to folklore, if is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Modern customs of the holiday involve celebrations where early morning festivals are held to watch the groundhog emerging from its burrow. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day, already a widely recognized and popular tradition, received widespread attention as a result of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, which was set in Punxsutawney and portrayed Punxsutawney Phil.

Groundhog Day (Feb 2) Background & Folklore

Specific weather data follows. These were measured in downtown Springfield from 1879 to 1947, and at Capital Airport from 1948 to the present.

Year High Temp Low Temp Precip Snow Snow Depth Sky Cover Sunrise
1879 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
1880 38 20 0.00 0.00 N/A  
1881 33 18 Trace Trace N/A  
1882 50 35 Trace 0.0 N/A  
1883 36 13 1.94 N/A N/A  
1884 55 36 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1885 46 16 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1886 19 -6 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1887 39 20 Trace N/A N/A  
1888 32 28 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1889 48 27 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1890 48 35 0.01 0.0 N/A  
1891 46 18 0.04 N/A N/A  
1892 38 34 0.11 0.0 N/A  
1893 32 7 0.85 1.5 N/A  
1894 38 13 Trace 0.0 N/A  
1895 12 -8 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1896 35 30 0.28 Trace N/A  
1897 39 25 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1898 20 1 0.02 0.3 N/A  
1899 25 17 Trace Trace N/A  
1900 28 13 0.00 0.0 N/A  
1901 32 26 0.27 2.8 2  
1902 8 -3 0.04 0.7 7  
1903 51 32 Trace 0.0 0  
1904 27 6 Trace Trace 4  
1905 0 -16 0.00 0.0 1  
1906 22 12 0.00 0.0 0  
1907 40 12 Trace Trace 0  
1908 25 2 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1909 46 23 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1910 52 33 0.04 Trace 0  
1911 42 22 0.00 0.0 0  
1912 15 2 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1913 27 9 0.29 4.2 4  
1914 42 29 0.01 0.0 4  
1915 35 28 0.30 3.4 3  
1916 14 5 Trace Trace Trace  
1917 2 -14 Trace Trace 0  
1918 25 2 0.00 0.0 12  
1919 43 30 Trace Trace 0  
1920 58 36 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1921 45 30 0.00 0.0 0  
1922 35 22 0.00 0.0 0  
1923 36 27 0.05 Trace Trace  
1924 55 32 0.00 0.0 0  
1925 30 22 Trace Trace Trace  
1926 38 32 0.19 0.0 0  
1927 47 31 Trace 0.0 Trace  
1928 43 20 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1929 24 10 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1930 44 30 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1931 58 36 0.00 0.0 0  
1932 44 35 Trace 0.0 0  
1933 39 26 0.00 0.0 0  
1934 44 28 Trace Trace 0  
1935 45 29 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1936 21 5 0.00 0.0 3  
1937 27 8 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1938 44 33 0.01 0.0 0  
1939 39 25 0.00 0.0 2  
1940 31 17 Trace Trace 1  
1941 35 28 Trace Trace Trace  
1942 27 14 Trace Trace 2  
1943 47 30 0.00 0.0 0  
1944 45 37 0.13 0.0 0  
1945 24 15 Trace Trace 2  
1946 37 21 0.00 0.0 0  
1947 36 13 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1948 43 17 0.00 0.0 0  
1949 32 9 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1950 31 17 Trace Trace 0  
1951 19 -15 0.00 0.0 2  
1952 43 29 0.00 0.0 0  
1953 54 24 0.00 0.0 0  
1954 47 33 Trace 0.0 0  
1955 31 19 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1956 32 19 0.02 0.2 4  
1957 38 16 Trace 0.0 1  
1958 20 9 0.02 0.2 Trace  
1959 23 -1 0.00 0.0 1  
1960 35 29 0.00 0.0 0  
1961 22 11 0.52 5.2 0  
1962 37 17 0.00 0.0 1  
1963 37 4 0.00 0.0 1  
1964 46 27 0.00 0.0 0  
1965 11 -6 0.00 0.0 2  
1966 26 5 Trace Trace 5  
1967 31 19 0.01 0.0 1  
1968 43 32 Trace Trace 0  
1969 34 24 0.05 0.5 0  
1970 39 0 0.12 Trace 0  
1971 19 -8 0.00 0.0 2  
1972 33 30 0.09 1.4 2  
1973 42 31 0.01 Trace 0  
1974 34 29 0.00 0.0 0  
1975 35 30 0.00 0.0 0  
1976 18 3 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1977 36 -1 0.02 0.2 8  
1978 19 8 Trace Trace 3  
1979 24 4 0.10 1.5 8  
1980 19 4 0.00 0.0 3  
1981 13 6 0.01 0.1 Trace  
1982 29 10 0.00 0.0 5  
1983 34 25 0.46 0.2 0  
1984 45 34 0.06 0.0 Trace  
1985 11 -4 Trace Trace 3  
1986 40 26 Trace 0.0 0  
1987 52 26 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1988 29 22 0.01 0.4 Trace  
1989 32 25 0.11 Trace 0  
1990 38 33 0.01 0.0 0  
1991 49 31 0.00 0.0 1  
1992 55 32 0.00 0.0 0  
1993 41 21 0.00 0.0 0  
1994 32 17 Trace Trace 1  
1995 45 34 Trace Trace 0  
1996 -1 -15 0.00 0.0 1  
1997 46 30 0.00 0.0 Trace  
1998 40 27 0.00 0.0 0  
1999 46 34 0.06 0.0 0 Cloudy 
2000 36 9 0.00 0.0 5 Clear 
2001 19 0 Trace Trace Trace Mostly Clear 
2002 36 21 0.00 0.0 0 Clear 
2003 50 33 0.00 0.0 0 Partly Cloudy 
2004 35 25 0.26 1.2 3 Cloudy 
2005 36 23 0.00 0.0 Trace Mostly Clear 
2006 47 30 0.00 0.0 0 Clear 
2007 19 8 0.00 0.0 Trace Cloudy 
2008 36 16 0.00 0.0 9 Partly Cloudy 
2009 36 21 0.00 0.0 Trace Mostly Clear 
2010 36 23 Trace Trace 0  Cloudy
2011 22 2 0.14 2.8 11 Cloudy
2012 62 28 0.00 0.0 0 Cloudy-Fog 
2013 35 20 0.02 0.2 1 Cloudy
2014 24 1 0.06 0.8 3  

Groundhog Day High Temperature Statistics for Springfield

Groundhog Day Low Temperature Statistics for Springfield

Groundhog Day Precipitation Statistics for Springfield

Groundhog Day Snowfall Statistics for Springfield 

Groundhog day Snow Depth Statistics for Springfield

High Temperatures on Groundhog Day...
Highs-10--1F... 1 day (0.7%)
Highs 0-9F... 3 days (2.2%)
Highs 10-19F... 14 days (10%)
Highs 20-29F... 22 days (16%)
Highs 30-39F... 49 days (36%)
Highs 40-49F... 34 days (25%)
Highs 50-59F... 11 days (8.1%)
Highs 60-69F... 1 days (0.7%)
Low Temperatures on Groundhog Day...
Lows -20--11F.. 4 days (3%)
Lows -10--1F... 8 days (6%)
Lows 0-9F..... 25 days (19%)
Lows 10-19F... 25 days (19%)
Lows 20-29F... 40 days (30%)
Lows 30-39F... 33 days (24%)
Precipitation on Groundhog Day...
Dry............... 67 days (50%)
Trace............. 31 days (23%)
0.01-0.10 inches.. 22 days (16%)
0.11-0.25 inches... 6 days (4.4%)
0.26-0.50 inches... 6 days (4.4%)
0.51-0.75 inches... 1 day (0.7%)
0.76-1.00 inches... 1 day (0.7%)
1.01-1.25 inches... 0 days (0%)
1.26-1.50 inches... 0 days (0%)
1.51-2.00 inches... 1 day (0.7%)
Snowfall on Groundhog Day...
No Snow........... 84 days (64%)
Trace............. 28 days (21%)
0.1-0.4 inches.... 8 days (6.1%)
0.5-0.9 inches..... 3 days (2.3%)
1-1.9 inches....... 4 days (3%)
2-2.9 inches....... 2 days (1.5%)
3-3.9 inches....... 1 day (0.8%)
4-4.9 inches....... 1 day (0.8%)
5-5.9 inches....... 1 day (0.8%)
Snow Depth on Groundhog Day...
No Snow........... 47 days (41%)
Trace............. 28 days (25%)
1 inch.............11 days (9.6%)
2 inches........... 8 days (7%)
3 inches........... 7 days (6.1%)
4 inches........... 4 days (3.5%)
5 inches........... 3 days (2.6%)
6 inches........... 0 days (0%)
7 inches........... 1 day (0.9%)
8 inches........... 2 days (1.8%)
9 inches........... 1 day (0.9%)
10 inches.......... 0 days (0%)
11 inches.......... 1 day (0.9%) 12 inches.......... 1 day (0.9%)

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