Local News 2-3-14

GROUNDHOG DAY PREDICTION 

There is still more of winter’s wrath on its way, at least according to Punxsutawney Phil.  Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog indeed saw his shadow yesterday, predicting six more weeks of winter. Large crowds once again gathered at Gobbler Knob yesterday morning to witness Phil’s big day. Groundhogs have been relied upon for weather predictions in Punxsutawney since 1887.

PENN STATE ANTICIPATES BUDGET

Penn State administrators are anxiously awaiting the announcement of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget tomorrow. According to the Centre Daily Times, officials have requested almost $300 million to aid the university. Last year, the state gave Penn State $285 million, which the university used to subsidize in-state tuition, support agricultural research and build the cooperative extension between Penn Tech and the Hershey Medical Center.

JANUARY COLD SETS RECORD

While it was the coldest January in 20 years, Penn State’s Campus Weather Service says January 2014 did not set an all-time record for frigid temperatures. According to the Centre Daily Times, the weather service reported an average temperature last month at 19.8 degrees. However, that’s more than a degree warmer than in 1994, when the average January temperature was just 18.6 degrees. January 2014 winds up as the ninth-coldest January on record in State College since 1894.

LEWISTOWN UNITED WAY FUNDRAISING GOAL

The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata is 70 percent of the way to reaching its yearly fundraising goal. As of last week, the organization raised $427,964 of its $600,000 goal. The campaign runs through March 15th