It’s Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil Has Seen His Shadow
It’s Groundhog Day, the day we usually celebrate by watching a movie by the same name and consoling ourselves with the fact that groundhogs don’t always make accurate predictions about winter weather.
Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather predicting groundhog, but according to Live Science, his predictions about winter are only accurate 39% of the time. The last 10 years, his predictions have only been correct 40% of the time. He was right in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2020.
Let the fact that Phil isn’t always correct help you feel a little better if you were hoping for an early spring because Phil did in fact see his shadow which means six more weeks of winter. That means he sees more snow in your future.
Watch the video below to see the official announcement of Phil’s prediction for yourself.
Phil gets the most attention, but there are other weather predicting groundhogs out there. There’s Charles G. Hogg, who lives at the Staten Island Zoo. This groundhog, who also goes by Staten Island Chuck, has been predicting weather since 1981. Even though Phil gets more attention, Chuck’s predictions are much more accurate. In fact, he is correct 80% of the time.
What was Staten Island Chuck’s weather prediction? He did not see his shadow. Perhaps it will be an early spring after all.
There’s a third groundhog that deserves being mentioned on Groundhog Day, but we will never know what his weather prediction is. Milltown Mel, New Jersey’s weather-prediction groundhog, passed away this year, and his caretakers were unable to find a replacement before the holiday.
Were you hoping for an early spring? Who do you think will be right this year, Punxsutawney Phil or Staten Island Chuck?