Punxsutawney Phil emerged from the snow on Sunday, February 2, 2020, without seeing his shadow, foreshadowing an early spring. Please keep your fingers crossed. Phil has forecasted an early spring for the past two years in a row. Not surprisingly, this has been a rare occurrence in the event's 135-year existence. The last time that happened was back in 1920 and 1922.
If you ask me, I'll tell you that we've got some more winter to go before we can say that spring is here. Heck, we haven't even had a true seasonally appropriate temperature yet this year! But hopefully Phil will see his shadow tomorrow morning and we won't have to worry about any more severe weather or ice storms due to a late spring.
In case you were wondering, the groundhog comes out of his hole on February 2nd at sunrise. He then walks around in his yard and examines how many branches are off of each tree. If he sees seven or fewer, it means more cold and snowy weather is ahead. If he sees eight or more, then we can expect a warmer spring than expected.
The prediction for 2020 was published in a newspaper article written by WTAE reporter Gene Purcell in January of this year. According to Phil, there's a 100% chance of precipitation every hour this spring with an average rainfall amount of a half inch. That's not very much, but it should help melt the remaining snow from last winter.
Punxsutawney This year, Phil spotted his shadow. According to mythology, this symbolizes six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow suggests an early spring. But the American Groundhog Association says that while it's true that a shadow on Feb. 2nd means more cold months ahead, it doesn't mean that spring is right around the corner.
In fact, the association says that only about one in every five years will a shadow be seen on this day. So if you see one, don't worry - it isn't all bad news for spring!
And even though we aren't able to predict an exact date for spring, the association reports that over 95% of the time, if there is a shadow on Feb. 2nd, then six more weeks of winter can be expected.
So next time you see your shadow, know that it means that spring is still several months away, but at least we now have some time to look forward to.
Punxsutawney Phil was removed from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob on Tuesday morning and saw his shadow, which according to legend signals six more weeks of winter. We've all been through the darkness of the night, but now we can see hope in the brilliant light of the morning. The sun rises every day, bringing life to everything around us.
Looking up at the sky may not bring about an immediate response but that doesn't mean there's no hope for tomorrow. Today's sunrise is a reminder that hope always prevails over fear. Have a safe and happy New Year!
That shadow may be cast on the snow this year. According to mythology, if groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we will have another six weeks of winter. If he doesn't, spring will come too soon. The forecast for Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is for snow. So the question is: Will Phil see his shadow?
The answer: We'll find out tomorrow morning. If you're from Pennsylvania, you know what I'm talking about. If you aren't, then let me give you a hint. This is why we have groundhogs, because they can predict the weather better than scientists. They just look at how they feel today and guess whether it will be cold or not. Plus, we all know that tomorrow is another day and we could always hope for sunshine but there's no way of knowing unless you ask them.
Scientists say that because it has been so long since the last ice age, there are lots of volcanoes inside America that cause earthquakes and deal damage to buildings. Also, there are some places where tectonic plates meet together, causing more damage to buildings. But groundhogs only feel these things in their paws when they walk around today so they can guess if it will be cold or not tomorrow.
They don't need to build their nest or gather food for their family, they just need to check out their feet and guess what direction the wind is coming from.
Punxsutawney Phil isn't your typical groundhog. He was initially known as Br'er Groundhog and was named after King Phillip. According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he has been living for over 130 years.
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather, according to mythology. There will be an early spring if he does not notice his shadow. Are the forecasts done in advance? No!
Punxsutawney Phil delivers his Groundhog Day forecast on how long winter would last every year. Here's a closer look at the rodent we rely on to predict the weather.
Phil comes out around what time each day in February and begins the tradition of predicting whether or not there will be more snow this year in Punxsy, Pennsylvania. He does this by looking out for some burrowing animals he calls groundhogs. When one is seen, that means it's early spring and there's a good chance of more snow.
If no groundhog is seen, that means it's late spring or early summer and there's a good chance of less snow.
Phil has been watching groundhogs for most of his life and uses their behavior to make his prediction. If the groundhog moves its head from side to side when placed in front of a light source such as sunlight, that means there's an equal chance that there'll be more snow or less snow this year. If the groundhog hides under a bush or in a hole when approached, that means there's a good chance of more snow.
If you watch Phil on Groundhog Day, he'll sometimes get a prize if he gets it right.
Every year on February 2, Phil the Groundhog emerges from his hole in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, according to tradition. If he sees his shadow, we'll have another six weeks of winter. If not, then spring is on its way.
This popular American myth was first told by an Italian immigrant named William Penn who came to America in 1683. According to Mr. Penn, an Indian tribe that lived near him called themselves the "Punxsytuns" and they believed that a giant would come down from the heavens one night every February 2nd and check to make sure that everyone had given him respect by being quiet and leaving them alone. The Punxsytuns claimed this giant was so afraid of thunder that he would run away even from his own shadow. They said that when this happened, it meant that there would be six more months of snow and cold weather.
Mr. Penn told these stories to some children who were living with him out of books by English writer Matthew Lewis. These children wrote them down and now we tell them to our children as well.
Spring has been coming early this year! Daylight saving time started on March 8th, which means that the days are getting longer and we're using less electricity.