Groundhog Day 2012: Did Punxsutawney Phil See his Shadow?
Punxsutawney Phil made his way from Gobbler's Knob to Punxsutawney this morning to make his prediction on the fate of winter and saw his shadow.
At 7:25 this morning, the prognosticator or prognosticator spoke his prediction: There will be six more weeks of winter. Well, at least Phil says it will be six more weeks of cold weather winter. March 20th doesn't come for another six weeks anyway.
How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil?
According to Punxsutawny Phil's website, Phil has been 100% accurate for over 120 years being on record.
But that could be a little biased, right?
According to Accuweather, the year's coldest quarter is between December 5th and March 5th, and because Phil has only seen his shadow 16 times, Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy is about 80%.
National Climatic Data Center doesn't like the idea of a groundhog "predicting" the weather:
It really isn’t a “bright” idea to take a measure such as a groundhog’s shadow and use it as a predictive meteorological tool for the entire United States.
But they probably don't believe that Santa brings children toys or the Tooth Fairy pays children for losing their teeth, so what do they know?
Either way, stay on the safe side and don't pack up your boots and heavy coat, yet. If Punxsutawney Phil is right, the nice weather that the central and eastern parts of the United States may have a drastic reverse in weather. Some states have experienced 20 to 30 degrees above average temperatures for January and February.