Bye Bye Winter? Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring on Groundhog Day

03 February, 2019, 01:08 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths center holds Punxsutawney Phil

Jeff Lundy from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club welcomed the largest crowd ever seen on Groundhog Day Saturday as the country learned spring was on the way.

Perhaps getting a little too ahead of himself, another member of Phil's Inner Circle held up a sign reading, "Get out your swimsuits".

Good news for those affected by the historic polar vortex that hit most of the northern United States this week: Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, did not see his own shadow, predicting an early spring, officials deemed. In one study done by the Washington Post, over a 30-year span, the groundhog (and his descendants) were technically correct more years than not, but it really depended on which part of the country was being examined.

For a groundhog, Phil is surprisingly accurate.

In 1886, Groundhog Day first appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper, but there is no record of his prediction.

In the U.S., Groundhog Day dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries.


Groundhog Day still not making sense?

Born of a winter festival called Candlemas Day, the celebration found churchgoers bringing candles to be blessed. The Pennsylvanian German folk had to work with their surroundings, and so they decided on the groundhog to replace the traditional European animals.

Regardless of this year's prediction, it may be worth noting that despite his reputation Punxsutawney Phil does not have the strongest track record for accurately predicting the weather.

How can I watch Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2019?

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts the main Groundhog Day event in the town. Overall, the Post says, "Much like how you won your last coin toss, Phil is "right" in these regions because of chance".

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