Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow; predicts six more weeks of winter

02 February, 2018, 21:49 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs

Phil nearly always predicts six more weeks of winter, having predicted an early spring a mere 18 times out of 121 events. Did they call for an early spring or six additional weeks of winter weather?

Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume, center, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 132nd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. But he's always popular. But if there is no shadow, spring will make an early arrival.

Groundhog Day originates from the European holiday known as Candlemas, a Christian "celebration of lights" in the dreary midwinter of February 2.

Six more weeks of winter is unwelcome news for most of the US. Thousands of people travel to Punsxutawney annually to witness Phil's Groundhog Day weather forecast.

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This marks the third consecutive year that Buckeye Chuck has predicted six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog Day began as a European midwinter holiday knows as Candlemas Day. You're asking the wrong Phil. If it's cloudy and he doesn't see his shadow he just chills out and spring shows up much sooner.

And, though it seems an insult to Punxsutawney Phil, there is still a law on the books in Hopkinton, R.I., that pays twenty-five cents for each woodchuck nose.

Another secret is how Phil gets from his home at the library to the big event at Gobbler's Knob, a clearing in the woods outside of town. While Pennsylvania claims to have a seemingly immortal groundhog, the original Milltown Mel passed away in 2015; a close friend took over the name and responsibilities.

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In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil emerged, and there was no sun, just clouds, according to The Washington Post.

Before the hibernating groundhogs were put on a pedestal, people would watch the bears to see if they were staying out around this time of year.

Part of the pleasure to be found in Groundhog Day comes from its ability to stimulate, even surprise, on repeat viewings.

The prediction, Griffiths says, is right every time.

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This also isn't the first time Phil and Chuck have disagreed.

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