Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

It was also then that the editor decided if the groundhog saw his shadow there would be six more weeks of winter, The Weather Channel explained.

The weird history of Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1887, when, for the first time, people took weather advice from a rodent at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, History.com explained. The groundhog made his official prediction this morning at 7:25.

If you were hoping for an early spring, you can breathe a sigh of relief.

As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week's risky Arctic blast, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog geared up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around. He was not able to see his shadow.

"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. Since 1887, Phil's winter prognostication has only been correct 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac's data. Meanwhile, Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, N.C.is 68% accurate, and Unadilla Bill of Unadilla Neb.is even better, claiming an impressive 83% accuracy rate. Just roll with it and celebrate Groundhog Day like a professional with all the facts below. However, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil takes "one sip every summer" of a top-secret "elixir of life", which extends his lifespan by seven years. On that day, superstition held that if it were sunny and clear, a long winter was expected.

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"All hail groundhog supremacy", the Inner Circle president said, as Phil was presented to the crowd.

  • Joey Payne