The Legendary Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring


Ryan King, Staff Writer

Do you listen to this famous groundhog?


On February 2, 2019, people all over the country will be tuning in to watch Punxsutawney Phil scurry up from his burrow and search for his shadow. A little background information on the holiday, according to tradition, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2, it will be frightened by it and will then return to its burrow, meaning that there will be six more weeks of winter. If it doesn’t see its shadow, then spring is on the way.


2019 marks the 133rd year of Groundhog Day, and every year, this event takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This year, Phil did not see his shadow, meaning he predicts there will be an early spring. This was the 133rd year of ground hogs day.


How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil? For the past ten years, Phil has been right 40% of the time, which is pretty impressive, considering he’s a groundhog. He’s also predicted a longer winter 104 times out of 133.


Do you think there will be an early spring this year?

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