Groundhog Day: More Winter or Early Spring?

Legend has it that if the ground Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t come, spring will come quickly.

The outlook for Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania right now is for snow. This is a lot. Tuesday morning is forecast while Phil is making his forecast for snow showers and temperatures in the mid-20s. Winds up to 25 mph will be felt in the air for middle teens.

Even if it’s not snowing too hard during Phil’s television forecast, there will be at least 4-6 inches of fresh powder on the ground from the weekend’s winter storm that sweeps northeast from Sunday to Tuesday. Will make

The festival, which is more than a century old, will look slightly different this year. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, there will be no rush in attendance or guests, but you can watch the ceremony on the Internet via live-streaming.

Predictions in the past

Phil is not new to the sport of forecasting. This ceremony has been going on since 1887.

Scientifically speaking, winter will officially arrive at the end of the equinox on 20 March, regardless of where Phil is predicted. But Mother Nature does not always follow the timetable.

In fact, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota are actually the snowiest of the year. After Groundhog Day.

Phil has not seen his shadow for the past two years in a row, predicting an early spring.

In the past Phil was more likely not to see her shadow. He has reportedly seen his shadow 104 times, but has not seen his shadow only 20 times. Statistically, Phil has been nearly 50% accurate in his forecasts over the last 10 years.

Phil has many friends

Phil is not in his skills alone. In fact there are many others like him. States such as Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, West Virginia, and Michigan have their own groundhogs to use for predictions.

Some of the more colorful names include Pierre C. of Louisiana. Shadouko, Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee and New York’s Staten Island Chuck to name just a few.

There is also Unadilla Bill from Nebraska, one of the highest accuracy ratings in the groundhog business.

This means that if you don’t like Phil’s forecast, chances are one of the other groundhogs that will predict you some do like.


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