Groundhog Day: Phil sees shadow; 6 more weeks of winter

Posted February 04, 2018

Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous groundhog, emerged from his burrow in western Pennsylvania and saw his shadow Friday morning, predicting another six weeks of winter.

The famous groundhog will be looking for his shadow, which is believed to signal six more weeks of winter. Out of the 18 times the groundhog has predicted an early Spring, or not seen his shadow, 13 of them have occurred since 1970. It's the third consecutive year that Chuck has predicted an extended period of wintry weather.

Aaron DeNu told The Washington Post newspaper that every year his groundhog predicts "six more weeks of political gridlock...and so far, he's always been right". Groans were also reported from the crowd that assembled in the western Pennsylvania hamlet for the 132nd year to hear from Phil.

Organisers therefore declare that any other groundhog is an impostor, and that the true Phil's prediction is correct 100% of the time.

Hardcore locals stood out in the 12 degree temperatures to see just how long the chilly temps will last, a prediction only Phil makes. No shadow means an early spring.

EVERY year, thousands of people gather outside a tiny town in Pennsylvania to watch a rodent deliver the world's most anticipated weather forecast.

The four-legged creature only has a 39 percent accuracy, according to Stormfax Almanac's data.

But who is Punxsutawney Phil and did he see his shadow today?

"The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day", according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Either way, everyone knows about Groundhog Day, but few know that it's actually a real thing. Chuck and the crew at WMRN-AM have been offering weather forecasts on Groundhog Day since the 1970s.

Even so, there's some good news: Phil is usually wrong.

The event now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.