Groundhog Predicts: “Six More Weeks of Winter it Shall Be”

Do you know what happen in Punxsutawneyon, PA on February 2, Super Bowl and Groundhog Day?  Weather prognosticator Phil saw his shadow. It means there will be six more weeks of winter.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.

Phil’s forecast came in the form of a Super Bowl-themed poem:

“A Super Bowl winner I will not predict,

But my weather forecast, you cannot contradict,

That’s not a football lying beside me

It’s my shadow you see,

So six more weeks of winter it shall be!”

This is the 101st time he has seen his shadow, while failing to see it 17 times, according to the Inner Circle. There was no record of his first prediction in 1886, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club says on its website.

But according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time.

” Punxsutawney Phil fans say that there is only one Phil, and that all the other groundhog weathermen are impostors. It is claimed that Phil has made weather prognostications since 1887, making Phil a legendary rather than factual figure, since groundhogs only live from 9–14 years. It is publicly unknown how many groundhogs have actively played Phil.

According to the Groundhog Club, Phil, after making the prediction, speaks to the Club President in “Groundhogese”, which only the current president can understand, and then his prediction is translated for the entire world.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a Celtic tradition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2, the Pagan holiday of Imbolc, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend says spring would come early.

The ties in Pennsylvania may actually come from Germans, when clear skies on Candlemas Day, February 2, were said to herald cold weather ahead. In Germany, the tradition morphed into a myth that if the sun came out on Candlemas, a hedgehog would cast its shadow, predicting snow all the way into May. When German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania, they transferred the tradition onto local fauna, replacing hedgehogs with groundhogs,” Wikipedia says.

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