GOBBLER’S KNOB, Pennsylvania, USA, February 2 – The world’s most famous prognosticating groundhog saw his shadow this morning, much to the disappointment of the crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob.
Punxsutawney Phil, as the groundhog is named, emerges from his den annually on February 2, known in the U.S. as Groundhog Day.
As the legend goes, if Phil sees his shadow (if it’s a sunny day) he will rush back into his den, predicting 6 more weeks of winter.
If Phil does not see his shadow (if it’s cloudy or rainy), winter will come to an early end.
The findings of the groundhog have been recorded for the past 117 years, in which the groundhog has seen his shadow 100 times and not seen it 17 times.
According to reports by USA Today, the National Climatic Data Center in North Carolina has analyzed Phil’s predictions and the resultant actual climate over the last 25 years and has shown that Phil is, on average, wrong.
Punxsutawney Phil has correctly predicted the temperatures in the six weeks following Groundhog Day only 10 out of 25 times.
For more information about the history of Groundhog Day and the full report from USA today, please click here.