Editor's note: Animal prognosticators Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania, General Beauregard Lee of Georgia and Staten Island Chuck of New York City all fail to see their shadow this Groundhog Day in an unanimous prediction for an early spring this season. - Shelley
Upcoming: It's Groundhog Day and there are numerous animals prognosticating how long winter will last but today we'll be favoring Pennsylvania groundhog-in-chief Punxsutawney Phil of Gobbler's Knob. We may also follow up with General Beauregard Lee of Georgia who, legend says, is more accurate than his cousin. We'll let you know.
Editor's note: Currently, parts of Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia are under a blizzard warning ahead of the snowstorm expected to hit Friday evening. New York City and southern New York state are under a blizzard watch along with parts of New Jersey, Maryland and southeastern Pennsylvania. Parts of central Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia are under a winter storm warning. Blizzards are defined by the National Weather Service as a storm with large amounts of snow or blowing snow, winds of 35 mph or stronger, and visibility of less than a quarter of a mile for at least three hours. A blizzard warning is issued when these conditions are expected. A winter storm warning is issued when one or two of these conditions are expected, according to AccuWeather. - Stephanie
Georgia (/ˈdʒɔːrdʒə/JOR-juh) is a state located in the southeastern United States. It was established in 1732, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies. Named after King George II of Great Britain, Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. It declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta is the state's capital and its most populous city.
Georgia is bordered on the south by Florida, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and South Carolina, on the west by Alabama, and on the north by Tennessee and North Carolina. The northern part of the state is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains system. The Piedmont extends through the central part of the state from the foothills of the Blue Ridge to the Fall Line, where the rivers cascade down in elevation to the coastal plain of the southern part of the state. The highest point in Georgia is Brasstown Bald at 4,784 feet (1,458 m) above sea level; the lowest point is the Atlantic Ocean. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River in land area, although it is the fourth largest (after Michigan, Florida, and Wisconsin) in total area, including expanses of water that are part of state territory.