Friday, 26 April, 2019

Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths center holds Punxsutawney Phil the weather prognosticating groundhog during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney Will Winter End? Top Facts About Groundhog Day
Angelica Greene | 04 February, 2019, 16:49

That's right, it's nearly that time of year when we look to a woodchuck to predict the future.

Male groundhogs emerge early to look for a mate.

How does Punxsutawney Phil make his prediction?

A countdown clock on-screen says 15 minutes until the 7:20 a.m. prognostication by Punxsutawney Phil. Sarah Wakelee, 34, stood at the bar, wearing a shirt adorned in a print of cats and tacos, hoping to avenge a prior loss in the Hawaiian shirt competition. "The others are just impostors". What did your local Groundhog predict for the spring this season?

Let's back up for a second.

If you want to do some of your own Groundhog Day celebrating over on this side of the pond, you're in luck, because Sky Cinema is aptly showing the film Groundhog Day on a loop from 6am until 11:30pm. Where did the idea that a rodent can predict the weather come from?

How Does It Work Again?

Phil was not the only groundhog who predicted spring would come early. It is only the 19th time out of the 123 recorded appearances that Phil has seen his shadow, the York Daily Record reported. Wait - does this mean there is a 104-year-old gopher running around Pennsylvania? Unfortunately there's no sign that Murray will be returning as Phil Connors, or is even involved in this project, with players instead taking the role of his son, Phil Connors Jr.

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Where does Punxsutawney Phil live? That year Chuck was actually secretly replaced by his granddaughter, Charlotte.

Um, Okay, But: How Accurate Is Phil?

Stormfax Almanac's data shows that the groundhog's forecasting accuracy has been correct approximately 39 percent of the time. It's a tradition with deeper roots than you might have expected. Among some of the most popular Groundhogs is Staten Island Chuck (previously known as Charles G. Hogg).

They say he's been sustained by "groundhog punch" which acts as a kind of elixir of life for the animal.

Can you really believe a groundhog when it comes to predicting the weather? The following year brought the first official trek to Gobbler's Knob to get Phil's prediction. As per EW, it's called Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, and it will arrive at as-yet-unspecified date.

The Groundhog Club has shared videos on its Instagram of Saturday's ceremonies.

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