Groundhog’s Day: Punxsutawny Phil Predicts Early Spring

Punxsutawny Phil, America’s beloved groundhog, predicted an early spring today. The groundhog emerged just after dawn on Groundhog Day to make his 125th annual weather forecast in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd in rural Pennsylvania to hear his handlers reveal that he had not seen his shadow.

Including Wednesday’s forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn’t seen it just 16 times since 1887; according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, which runs the event. There are no records for the remaining years, though the group has never failed to issue a forecast. The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

It would have been nice to see a track record for these so-called “predictions.”This is probably just wishful thinking. Who wouldn’t want an early spring after the winter we’ve had so far! [Huffington Post]