Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter


Don’t pack away the coats and scarves just yet! Punxsutawney Phil predicted on Groundhog Day that there will be six more weeks of winter. Watch the video above!

The prickly groundhog saw his shadow (tears!) at Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, February 2. Per a long-held folksy hypothesis here in America, spring would have come early if he hadn’t seen his shadow.

Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths, center, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017.
Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths, center, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Phil could turn out to be wrong, however. According to USA Today, the groundhog has been right 14 times and wrong 15 times since 1988.

“There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis,” according to a report by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina.

Phil was indeed correct last year, though. The fuzzy critter didn’t see his shadow, and February and March ended up being warmer than average.

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