Longer winter or early spring? Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction

He’s an animal that gained worldwide fame by featuring in the 1993 Hollywood film Groundhog Day.

Now it that’s time again when Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania makes his prediction – the 134th – about whether it will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

The planet’s most famous groundhog has declared it will be the former – which is rare as records dating back to 1887 show the cuddly oracle has forecast a longer winter more than 100 times.

Punxsutawney Phil
Image:The groundhog declared it would be an early spring

In more recent years, from 2015-2019, Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter three times and an early spring twice.

The superstition says that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow after hibernation on 2 February – Groundhog Day – and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and it will be a longer winter.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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