Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

04 February, 2019, 16:47 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • 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

According to reports, this year marks the 19 time in the past 133 years that the famed groundhog has predicted an early spring outcome.

"There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis", the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information states on its website.

In terms of accuracy, a 2016 USA Today article noted that, "flipping a coin might be as accurate as Phil". Not exactly something you want to plan your outfits by. It's a tradition with deeper roots than you might have expected.

Staten Island Chuck: Chuck was earlier known as Charles G. Hogg. The candles were also thought to represent how long and cold the winter might be, History.com notes. They believed that the day would be sunny only if the animals saw their shadows.

These Pennsylvanian groundhogs enjoyed quiet lives until 1887, when a groundhog-hunting newspaper editor declared that Punxsutawney's groundhog Phil was the nation's only "true" weather-forecasting groundhog.

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"Every February 2nd, we look forward to celebrating this beloved Pennsylvania tradition with the rest of the world", said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in a statement.

Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle plan to reveal their forecast at sunrise on Saturday.

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a virtual reality adventure game to be released later this year on PlayStation Virtual Reality and other major VR platforms.

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

Yes, that means Bill Murray will be your dad, just like you always wanted.

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