Groundhog says 6 more weeks of winter, but he's usually wrong

Philly.com February 02. 2018 9:27PM
Groundhog co-handler A.J. Derume holds Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb. 2, 2018. (REUTERS/Alan Freed)

Folklore’s most-famous prognosticating rodent has been weathering a slump, but the human meteorologists who spend their careers mud-wrestling with atmospheric chaos are offering no sympathy. They have their own problems.

In a ritual that has become a national metaphor for the repetitiously tedious, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Friday morning, meaning the nation can expect six more weeks of winter.

If he had not seen it, winter would have been toast, according to tradition.

So how’s he doing? In the last 30 years, Phil is 7-for-30, based on the government’s analysis of U.S. temperature data. In short, mathematically, your guess is at least as good as Phil’s.


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