Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

During the Prohibition era, Punxsutawney Phil "threatened" to impose 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn't allowed a stiff drink.

'I saw Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day.

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Phil left his burrow around 6:25 a.m. where he observed the weather conditions and looked for his shadow, then made his prediction for the remainder of winter. Meanwhile, he has not seen his shadow just 19 times - counting this year - meaning an early spring.

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on February 2, 2019, so spring is coming early this year.

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Even if Phil's prediction turns out to be inaccurate, the weather is expected to warm up during the weekend. In one study done by the Washington Post, over a 30-year span, the groundhog (and his descendants) were technically correct more years than not, but it really depended on which part of the country was being examined.

Due to the fact that annual weather trends can vary across the US each year, there are discrepancies between sources regarding Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy. according to Stormfax Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil boasts only a 39% success rate, whereas Accuweather puts it at around 80%.

Regardless of this year's prediction, it may be worth noting that despite his reputation Punxsutawney Phil does not have the strongest track record for accurately predicting the weather.

The origins of Groundhog Day date back to the early days of Christianity in Europe, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. When German settlers arrived in the United States, they brought the tradition with them, swapping hedgehogs for groundhogs. "All hail groundhog supremacy", the Inner Circle president said, as Phil was presented to the crowd.

In Punxsutawney, 1886 marked the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the local newspaper.

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