Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Phil doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right
Frank Williams | 03 February, 2019, 04:07

Each year on February 2, America turns its attention to a town called Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to find out when winter will be over. The VR sequel follows Phil Connors Jr., his "charming but arrogant" son, who's trapped in his own time-loop in his hometown of Punxsutawney, a place he thought he escaped.

On Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and did not see his shadow, meaning he predicts spring is near, reported CNN. As silly as it all may sound, the ceremonial tradition goes back to 1886, and has maintained an enduring cultural legacy. He was not able to see his shadow.

This is only the 19th occasion in which Phil has not been able to see his shadow since 1887.

At day break, on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil awakens from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob (yes, really), is helped to the top of the stump and tells the President of the Inner Circle - in a language known as "groundhogese", his verdict.

How accurate has the groundhog been?

Not to dash spring-lovers dreams - Punxsuatawney Phil's accuracy is only around 39% to 40% over the past 133 years.

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Thousands of people have gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, today to find out if they face another six weeks of winter or the start of spring.

TIME tested the accuracy of various groundhogs based on their ability to predict the weather of their relative geographic area. Ten years of data is missing from their predictions.

What does the official Groundhog Day website say?

Sony has announced and released the first trailer for the upcoming video game Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son. Even then, it marked a milestone in the winter, and the weather that day was important.

According to lore, that means an early spring is expected this year.

A statement on their website states: "Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog".

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