Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

By February 3, 2014NPR News
Punxsutawney Phil is held by handler John Griffiths after emerging from his burrow to see his shadow and forecast six more weeks of winter weather. Gene J. Puskar/AP

Punxsutawney Phil is held by handler John Griffiths after emerging from his burrow to see his shadow and forecast six more weeks of winter weather. Gene J. Puskar/AP

Punxsutawney Phil, the “prognosticator of prognosticators” saw his shadow after being roused from hibernation just long enough to make his annual prediction.

That means … six more weeks of winter.

The famous groundhog’s handler, Bill Deely, made the pronouncement atop Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, at about 7:25 a.m. ET.

As The Associated Press reports:

“Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans. … Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn’t see it, spring will come early.”

“Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.”

As we wrote on Saturday, Phil’s forecast record has been a bit spotty, especially in recent years. His call was off the mark in both 2012 and 2013 and overall, he is said to have an accuracy rate of only about 39 percent.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.image
Read original article – Published February 02, 2014 7:43 AM
Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

Recent headlines

  • An Alaska Airlines plane at Juneau International Airport.

    Alaska Airlines pilots plan picket over lack of compensation

    Alaska Airlines pilots have reached a breaking point in negotiations with the company, and now have plans to picket outside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The pilots plan to picket starting at 1 p.m. Monday outside the airport in Anchorage.
  • Obadiah Jenkins tries to help Daniel Hartung pull himself from Six-Mile Creek in Hope. (Photo courtesy James Bennett)

    Homer resident saves kayaker’s life on Six-Mile Creek

    Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
  • Vigor Alaska Shipyard Development director Doug Ward talks with Marine Transportation advisory board member Greg Wakefield inside the not-quite-finished Alaska Class ferry Tazlina. (Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)

    Alaska class ferry Tazlina on track at Ketchikan shipyard

    The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
  • The Matanuska sits in drydock for maintenance.

    Fall-winter-spring ferry bookings begin

    The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.
X