Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

by Jared Lewis February 4, 2018, 2:01
Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, predicts 6 more weeks of winter

Each year during the early morning hours of February 2, a large crowd gathers around a tree stump located on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Like he has for the past 131 years, Punxsutawney Phil kicked off Groundhog Day by emerging from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at sunrise to determine what kind of weather we'll experience over the next few months.

"There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow".

He's a beloved rodent who averages about 40 percent on the accuracy scale when it comes to predicting the weather.

It is also said that a group of friends in Punxsutawney, Penn. went out on February 2 to look for groundhogs, which made the newspaper as the "Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" and the group eventually became the official organizers for the day in western Pennsylvania. This year was the 132nd ceremony. I had really never heard anything about the traditional Christian holiday until I became interested in Phil's prediction past year, although the foundation of it is right there laid out in Gospel of Luke. For the current weather forecast in your area, check out your local National Weather Service forecast office.

What is Groundhog Day? These Germans who traveled to the US and settled in Pennsylvania continued to practice the tradition where they changed the animal from a hedgehog to a groundhog, because of a large population of the latter in Pennsylvania.

But what exactly is Groundhog Day, who is Punxsutawny Phil, and does it have anything to do with inexplicably having the same day over and over again?

Smith hails from Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania, and became an official Groundhog Ambassador in 1985.

Punxsutawney Phil is reportedly 131 years old although this is largely accepted as myth as groundhogs in captivity have an average lifespan of six to eight years.

Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 103 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. But if it doesn't see a shadow, due to overcast skies, then spring will allegedly arrive early.

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What is the history of Groundhog Day?

According to some experts, the groundhog's predictions on how much longer winter will last are accurate about 39 percent of the time, which isn't bad for a rodent.

Germans used a badger to predict the weather but when the tradition came to the United States, a groundhog was used.

That's still just a prediction, but it's definitely more trustworthy than anything Phil might tell us.

"Up early this morning". Here, Phil spends time in a man-made burrow with his wife, Phyllis. Well, even my best friends, they don't know. It has a population of less than 6,000 and was founded in 1818.

Doug Sacrison traveled over 4,000 kilometers from Washington State this year to attend his first Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. It's also the setting for the classic 1993 Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, where weatherman Phil Connors lives the same day over and over.

He and his news team get caught in a blizzard and must stay in town overnight. Here are five things about Groundhog Day.


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