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Six More Weeks of Winter
Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter
By Sean Breslin9 hours
Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil Says Winter To Linger
Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow on Groundhog Day and predicts that winter will linger six more weeks.

At a Glance
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Friday morning, which forecasts another six weeks of winter.
The prognostication came on a 13-degree morning with snow flurries in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
The groundhog's accuracy rate is far lower than actual meteorologists.

With Groundhog Day festivities well underway in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the groundhog known as Phil saw his shadow Friday morning, which, according to legend, means another six weeks of winter.

The crowd cheered energetically as the furry rodent emerged from his burrow just before 7:30 a.m. EST Friday morning amid 13-degree temperatures and a few snow flurries. The prognostication was delivered in a proclamation "written" by Phil.

"Up early this morning. Far from home. Are you searching for the Phil-osopher's stone? Well, even my best friends, they don't know. Is it an early spring or just more snow? My faithful followers, your hands – and my paws – are getting cold, so here is my forecast. Not lead, but solid gold: I see my royal shadow! Six more weeks of winter to go!"

The Feb. 2 event dates back to 1887, and in records that have been kept for all but 10 years, the groundhog has seen his shadow 103 times. He has only forecast an early spring in 18 years, according to the records.

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Another famous groundhog in the North, Staten Island Chuck, did not agree with Phil's forecast. Chuck didn't see his shadow Friday morning and predicted an early spring.

In Jackson, Georgia, the groundhog known as General Beauregard Lee saw his shadow and forecast six more weeks of cold weather.

The annual ritual came with much fanfare, but in reality, Phil's success rate isn't spectacular. The event has long been a thorn in the side of meteorologists, who practice actual science with far greater success.

NOAA has said Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill," and has tracked the rodent's wins and losses for decades.

The 20-pound groundhog's predictions have been accurate 39 percent of the time since the first Groundhog Day in 1887, according to Phil has done slightly better in recent years, getting the forecast right 46 percent of the time since 1988.

But still, even in his most successful decades, it's essentially a coin flip, whereas most weather forecasts are accurate 80 percent of the time or more.

Punxsutawney, home to some 6,000 residents, is located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Angel  It is Well with My Soul  Angel
i think i vaguely heard that. so i looked it up again. those rat bastards. deBlasio dropped her six feet. no one brought her to a vet. she had massive internal injuries. and she died.

i knew they were a crazy group. they claim to be immortal, the spokespeople/handlers, and that the groundhog is also. they don't post that as often now.

and it was all covered up by the zoo that loaned her. so chuck is dead. maybe cuz he bit a mayor. his wife is dead. and this yr, no mayor but one can see their poor daughter.

rat bastards. obviously this mayor deBlasio with gloves on squeezed charlotte too hard cuz he was afraid. then he should not handle animals. we all get bitten at some time. its our fault. but the zoo should have put her under observation and medical care to see if she were injured.

Rat bastards. NY mayors betray us on everything they say. What is their friggin problem with truth in this state?
Angel  It is Well with My Soul  Angel
we have had some real winners of late. i like ur idea. and, he cannot be checked for injuries thereafter.
Angel  It is Well with My Soul  Angel

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