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
Predictions in the past
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.
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.
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.