The world’s most well-known groundhog will predict whether or not there will be six extra weeks of winter or if spring will come early.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Human meteorologists, step apart. It’s Punxsutawney Phil’s flip.
The world’s most well-known groundhog emerges each Feb. 2 to foretell whether or not there will be six extra weeks of winter or if spring will come early.
Check again for a livestream of Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction beginning at 6:15 a.m. ET. The prediction is anticipated at about 7:20 a.m.
The legend is straightforward. If he sees his shadow and retreats to his burrow, chilly climate will persist into March. If he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will start.
The annual occasion has its origin in a German legend a couple of furry rodent. Records courting to the late 1800s present Phil has predicted longer winters greater than 100 instances. Last year, Phil predicted six extra weeks of winter.
The forecast earlier than that referred to as for an early spring — nonetheless, Phil did not say something a couple of pandemic. The 2021 Groundhog Day occasion nonetheless went on, however due to the coronavirus pandemic, revelers weren’t capable of see Phil and have a good time in particular person. Instead, it was all digital and included cardboard cutouts to symbolize spectators.
2022’s occasion is in-person, based on the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, however tickets are offered out.
In the almost 136-year historical past of Punxsutawney Phil, winter has been predicted greater than 100 instances, the membership mentioned. Ten years had been lost as a result of no information had been saved.
Not offered on Phil’s accuracy? Neither had been a crew of human researchers at a Canada college. Their 2021 study of greater than 500 predictions by 33 groundhogs discovered that the furry “prognosticators” had been appropriate simply 50% of the time. Phil did solely slightly higher at 52%.
Lead creator Alex Ross told National Geographic that it was “wonderful” to work on such a lighthearted paper — although the project did stem from “many conversations over many beers.”