Where Phil lives there was a mix of snow and rain this morning. Last year Phil also saw his shadow, and it was a long and brutal winter. However, you cannot really base your weather predictions on a rodent. Since the tradition began in 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 101 times, not 17 times, and there are 9 years for which there is no data. Overall he has an 80% rate of accuracy.
This morning Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow to see his shadow, predicting that there will be six more weeks of winter.
Whether or not you feel a groundhog can predict the weather, it seems that the accuracy of his predictions are up for debate. Phil’s personal website says he is accurate 100% of the time, but Accuweather states that Phil is probably accurate around 80% of the time. Some people even believe that an animal seeing a shadow has nothing to do with the weather and any correlation is simply luck. It is a fun tradition regardless, and Phil is really cute.
Well, where I live we experienced a blizzard last night and most things are closed due to the snow. But in any event, today is groundhog day – and I know that we all trust a groundhog to tell us whether spring will come early.
Today Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so spring is supposed to come early…
Actually Phil has been right 39% of the time, so you can take what you will from this annual activity. I would like to believe the little fuzzy creature, but at the moment with all the snow we have I am not sure that is possible this year.
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so sadly there will be six more weeks of winter. Not that I have ever thought that a groundhog’s advice was sound, but it is a fun tradition.
This tradition has been ongoing since 1887, and for the years on record, Phil has seen seen his shadow 98 times and not missed it 15 times. In any event, the offical start of spring is about six weeks away…no matter if he sees his shadow or not. Not to mention that where I live the snow is falling outside and it looks like temperatures for the next couple of weeks will be cold…
For anyone who wants winter to be over sooner rather than later, here are a couple videos to cheer you up:
Two Baby Moose and a Sprinkler
And if these little puppies can love the snow, maybe I can for a few more weeks: