Chances are if you’ve ever watched The Weather Channel on Groundhog Day (and if you haven’t, be sure to tune in this Friday starting at 4a!) then you’ve noticed one accessory our meteorologists wear throughout their entire broadcast of the event… Groundhog hats! That’s right, as strange as it sounds, Jen Carfagno and Jim Cantore each have their own variety of hats that celebrate Groundhog Day. See Jen’s personal collection below and vote on your favorite!
A look at all of the hats:
Vote on your favorite hat below!
As for where and when Jen gets her hats she says, “First thing I do when I get to Punxsutawney, PA is go the Chamber of Commerce and the Groundhog Club Headquarters to see if there are any new hats!” Gotta freshen up the wardrobe every year, right? Punxsutawney sells groundhog gear year-round, but hats seem to be one of the hottest items sold. “Some of the most unique hats are handmade and you can find them in some of the small shops on Mahoning Street or in Barclay Square. Also some great finds at the Punxsutawney Community Center Show,” Carfagno explains. As for her favorite? “It’s hard to pick a favorite hat! I kind of the like the traditional brown ski cap with eyes/teeth. You see so many people in the crowd with them! There are groundhog day collectible pins. I keep mine on my hat!”
“The guy that made this comes every year and wears this hat. Here’s Jim trying on the hat. I asked the man why he does it, he said “because it makes people smile” :-)”
Be sure to watch The Weather Channel on Friday, February 2nd starting at 4a to see what new hats Jim and Jen wear this Groundhog Day, as well as Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction!