Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Groundhog Predicts Six More Weeks of Winter in US

Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil? US Groundhog to Make Annual Weather Forecast
| 04 February, 2018, 02:15

Space Farms' groundhogs have been predicting on Ground Hog Day for over 20 years with the exception of 2016 when Space went to check on Stonewall Jackson IV on the eve of Groundhog Day to find that he had passed away.

The annual Groundhog Day event, made more popular by the 1993 comedy film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, draws faithful followers from as far away as Australia and Russian Federation. But we do love the film, so that's one thing we can enjoy about this pretend holiday.

How is Groundhog Day celebrated?

The marathon started at 6am this morning and will continue uninterrupted until 4.45am tomorrow. Otis the Hedgehog had to fill in to make the prediction at the zoo.

Watch above, via The Washington Post.

Groundhog Day has also been popular in American media.

As usual, thousands of revelers gathered on Friday in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, to witness Phil make his prediction.


For the 131st year, Punxsutawney Phil made his famous prognostication and, once again, science disagrees.

Can animals predict the weather?

The Stormfax website researched all the predications since 1887 and found that he has seen his shadow 104 times (79 percent). Given Phil's percentages, this is controversial.

Doug Sacrison traveled over 4,000 kilometers from Washington State this year to attend his first Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. In other words, only 14 times did the national average temperature for the remainder of February match what would be expected based on what the groundhog predicted. "It's all just for fun... and there's something magical about getting excited about something that silly".

"Unfortunately, there have been years where the president has misinterpreted what Phil said", former handler Ron Ploucha told pennlive.com "Because Phil's never wrong, Phil's prediction is 100 percent correct, and we blame the variants on the president's interpretation of Phil's prediction".

"I think the next six weeks won't be so bad after all".

Phil is not the only weather-predicting groundhog on the East Coast. Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page.

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