Six More Weeks of Winter as Punxsutawney Phil Again Sees His Shadow

Six More Weeks of Winter as Punxsutawney Phil Again Sees His Shadow

We compiled the average temperature in Columbia for the six weeks after Groundhog Day and found Punxsutawney's accuracy has been 36% since 1950.

On Feb. 2, thousands gathered in Punxsutawney, PA, to see if the small town's most famous animal, Punxsutawney Phil, would reveal a shadow when he emerged from hibernation.

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?

There doesn't appear to be much "science" behind either groundhog's predictions, just folklore and fun. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on February 2, 1887. Meanwhile, in New York City, Staten Island Chuck declared an early spring is on the way.

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

Based on past weather data, "there is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis", according to a report released this week by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, N.C.

Charlie Hoag, the owner of Holland's own HuckyToo, says his groundhog has been correct the last six years in a row, and he says HuckyToo saw his shadow, "beyond a shadow of a doubt".

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Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day, too. The roots can be traced back to an Ancient Christian Tradition called Candlemas Day.

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Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow.

"Up early this morning". The small community is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. It has a population of less than 6,000 and was founded in 1818.

"What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?" Since then, up to 40,000 people flock to the tiny borough annually.

No one can talk to a horse, of course - or a groundhog.

The day weather fanatics have been waiting for since the beginning of the cold-weather season began is finally here: Groundhog Day.

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