Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Bringing 6 More Weeks Of Winter

02 February, 2018, 21:35 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Groundhog Day (and being a better leader)

However, if he doesn't see his shadow, he'll stick around outside...because spring is coming soon! So if Phil "predicts" a long winter, that's probably true - somewhere in the world.

DeNu, who is a fan of the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day", invites Bill Murray to the event every year, but has yet to get a response. This year will be the 132nd ceremony.

When Phil first emerged for the crow, the cheers of thousands echoes throughout Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but they quickly turned to groans as he predicted six more weeks of the season that has been a record-breaking freezing temperatures across the U.S.

At the Staten Island Zoo In New York, Staten Island Chuck had a difference of opinion with Phil. Staten Island Chuck bit then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009. There is no record from 10 Groundhog Days.

Punxsutawney Phil is the legendary groundhog who traditionally makes the spring weather forecast every year on Groundhog Day.

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Groundhog Day - specifically February 2 - traces its roots back to an ancient celebration of the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Friday, February 2, 2018 is this year's Groundhog Day.

Did You Know? The word monax in the groundhog's scientific name (Marmota monax) means "solitary".

"Here is my forecast, not lead but solid gold; I see my royal shadow, six more weeks of winter to go", the groundhog's handlers proclaimed on behalf of the famous rodent.

However, the party starts way before that.

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Phil gets up early-7:25 am EST to be exact-but you can expect the predictions of the famous groundhog to be covered on several of the major networks.

Background: The groundhog tradition comes from Candlemas Day with early Christians in Europe.

The four-legged creature only has a 39 percent accuracy, according to Stormfax Almanac's data. Most often, Phil does see his shadow. Should he not see his shadow, we will have an early spring.

In light of past climate information, "there is no prescient expertise for the groundhog amid the latest years of the investigation", as indicated by a report discharged for the current week by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, N.C.

Climate Central looked at the average temperature trend for the six weeks following Groundhog Day in dozens of locations. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal-the hedgehog-as a means of predicting weather. Let's be clear, taken at face value, they're not.

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