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It's Groundhog Day again: what did Punxsutawney Phil predict ?

By T.K. Randall
February 2, 2024 · Comment icon 7 comments
Groundhog Day.
The Groundhog Day ceremony usually attracts quite a crowd. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Anthony Quintano
The world-famous rodent was at the center of this year's Groundhog Day celebrations in Pennsylvania.
The quirky event, which was immortalized in the Bill Murray 1993 comedy of the same name, is celebrated in February each year and is a tradition that dates back as far as the 18th Century.

The whole thing is based on the idea that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees its own shadow, then there will be six more weeks of winter.

If it doesn't see its own shadow, then spring will come early.

The most widely publicized example of the ceremony takes place in Pennsylvania where the groundhog - named Punxsutawney Phil - famously emerges from his home (named Gobbler's Knob).
This year, for the first time in two years, Phil did not see his shadow, meaning that spring will come early (that is, at least, if you happen to believe that there's any significance to it).

According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, Phil's predictions are typically correct around 40% of the time.

"Even if you flip a coin, you'll still be right close to half of the time," meteorologist Tim Roche told Live Science. "That's a 50 percent accuracy rate."

"So you'll be better off flipping a coin than going by the groundhog's predictions."



Source: People.com | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Cho Jinn 5 months ago
That is one old groundhog.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Piney 5 months ago
It's a hereditary priesthood. The son takes the father's name and replaces him. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles 5 months ago
He has seen his shadow the most, as he has predicted a longer winter 107 (84%) times. So I suppose the question would be - What are the odds of it being a sunny day?  
Comment icon #4 Posted by susieice 5 months ago
It was raining in my part of Pennsylvania. It was cloudy there so no shadow. Early Spring.
Comment icon #5 Posted by openozy 5 months ago
I wonder what the penalty would be if my Jack Russell got in their pen ?.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney 5 months ago
Jack Russell terrorists. I had one I had to re home a week later because it was trying to dig though my walls and attacking the other dogs.  A horse trainer friend of mine had one she use to take to neighboring farms for groundhogs and that little sucker came out of the hole with one everytime.
Comment icon #7 Posted by openozy 5 months ago
That's them. You could sooner tame a pride of lions than a 15lb Parson Russell. You have to admire their enthusiasm for life, lol.


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