Today, Monday February 2, 2015 was the official day for the world’s most adored, seasonal forecaster, the groundhog. Groundhog Day has come and our furry friend has decided to give us six more weeks of winter.
Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil appeared from his burrow early this morning where he saw his shadow, thus giving us an additional six weeks of winter. Last year, Phil popped up and showed his shadow again which was what some people called “the final nail in the coffin” marking one of the harshest and longest winters in U.S. history. In many parts of the U.S. the 2014 winter dragged on well into March.
The annual Groundhog Day predictions have been in practice in American culture since 1887. Groundhog Day originated as an ancient celebration of the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, according to the NOAA. Phil the groundhog has seen his shadow 101 times and not seen it on just 17 occasions. Even though there have been multiple reports, like NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, show that Phil’s predictions “show no predictive skill,” Phil has actually been correct 80% of the time! There are famous groundhogs in many states that make their own predictions but Phil is one of the most famous in the nation.
When you own a home in Jupiter or anywhere in south Florida, Groundhog Day isn’t too much a worry when your winters are comprised of sunny days and warm beaches!