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Punxsutawney Phil emerged to some falling snow on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, and did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Keep your fingers crossed, Phil has predicted an early spring two years in a row. Not surprisingly, that’s been a rarity over the event’s 135-year history.
Every February 2 since 1887, a groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, has made his weather prediction, based on the appearance of the sun. Either it’s sunny and he sees his shadow, which, in folklore, means six more weeks of winter. Or it’s cloudy, and the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, meaning an early spring.
According to the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, established 1887, “there has only been one Punxsutawney Phil ”. All others are imposters. This makes Phil, depending on exactly when his birthday lies, 134 years of age.
The nation’s foremost marmot weather expert saw his shadow Tuesday morning after scurrying out of a burrow at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney. As the legend goes, that means the country can expect below-average temperatures for the next six weeks.
Groundhog Day 2021: Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter. Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning and saw his shadow, declaring there would be six more weeks of winter.
Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow. The great weather-predicting groundhog could not be stopped, forecasting six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow during the annual spectacle at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
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MUST WATCH Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday morning and, as legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens. Phil was awakened at 7:25 a.m. and made his prediction in front of about 16 members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler’s Knob.
Data from the Stormfax Almanac’s data shows that Phil’s six-week prognostications have been correct about 39% of the time.
Since 1887, STORMFAX showed that Phil had an accurate long range forecast only about 39% of the time. According to NOAA, Phil’s accuracy over the last 10 years is looking better at 50%. Just looking ahead to the next two weeks, it looks like Phil’s prediction might be right.
Candlemas is a Christian holiday celebrated annually on February 2. It celebrates three occasions according to Christian belief: the presentation of the child Jesus; Jesus’ first entry into the temple; and it celebrates the Virgin Mary’s purification (mainly in Catholic churches).
Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio was invited to the Staten Island Zoo for Groundhog Day festivities back in 2014, marking his first one since being elected at the time. De Blasio accidentally dropped Charlotte, the 10-month old female groundhog during the 2014 proceedings.
Punxsutawney Phil lives in the town library.
He has been making predictions since 1886! Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking the “elixir of life,” a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog Picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life.