Punxsutawney Phil, the seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary’, will predict the weather tomorrow on Groundhog Day. The famous groundhog has been looking for his shadow for more than a century, but historically, he isn’t the best weather predictor.
Groundhog.org reports that Punsutawney Phil almost always sees his shadow on groundhog day. The Groundhog has seen his shadow, which means two more weeks of winter, 99 out of 114 times. But according to Stormfax.com, the groundhog has only been correct 39% of the time. The Punsutawney Groundhog club begs to differ, however, claiming that the prognosticator of prognosticators has a 100% accuracy rate.
People have been using animals to predict the weather for centuries, but the first official groundhog day at Gobbler’s Knob was in 1887. The ceremony has been going on for more than a century but it really became popular after the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray.
Fans of the movie and weather predicting rodents have been traveling to Punsutawney, Pennsylvania, every year on Groundhog day.
Do you trust Punxsutawney Phil? Will he correctly predict the weather?
If you don’t trust Mr. Punxsutawney, The Washington Post reports that there are more than 25 alternative groundhog weather predictors. “Chuckles” of Manchester, Conn., “Staten Island Chuck,” and “General Beauregard Lee,” of Lilburn, Georgia can all help predict winter.