Six More Weeks of Winter Says Phil

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Here's a groundhog, not THE groundhog, but a stock photo of a groundhog nonetheless
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By the edhat staff

Per American tradition, a groundhog saw its shadow Thursday morning indicating six more weeks of winter.

The longstanding Groundhog Day ceremony is held annually at Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania, and the groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. The outdoor event can be viewed below:

Punxsutawney Phil woke up at 7:25 a.m. ET in frigid 20-degree weather and spotted his own shadow in front of members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler's Knob.

According to records dating back to 1887, Phil has predicted winter more than 100 times, but that's only been 39% of the time, according to the Stormfax Weather Almanac. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information found from 2012-21, Phil was only right 40% of the time

The event is based on a Pennsylvania-Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks. However, if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.

While this tradition remains popular in America and single-handedly keeps top hats in fashion, studies have found no consistent correlation between a groundhog seeing its shadow and the subsequent arrival time of spring-like weather. But it's fun and we like it. 

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bicyclist Feb 02, 2023 09:30 AM
Six More Weeks of Winter Says Phil

From the graphic it appears "Phil" had a good run between 2005-2010.... Lets see what this years "Prediction" turns up. Yeah, it was winter this AM here. Meanwhile back in Mi. they have "Sharks in the Snow":

macpuzl Feb 02, 2023 10:55 AM
Six More Weeks of Winter Says Phil

February 2 is a traditional cross-quarter day - no matter what Phil saw, we are half way through the winter season.

bicyclist Feb 03, 2023 06:53 AM
Six More Weeks of Winter Says Phil

Sounds like they've got the metric inverted for poor "Scrambles " (hope that's the correct wording). Bee Cave Bob pretty handsome dude! ("100% accurate over the past five years.")
Thanks for the info Chuck!

Gimli Feb 04, 2023 08:06 AM
Six More Weeks of Winter Says Phil

I prefer nice cold winters over long hot summers. I lived in Phoenix, AZ. for over 8 years and the summers are well over 100 degrees. I left Phoenix mid October of 2011, and it was good to be back home to good 'Ol SB.

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