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Punxsutawney Phil makes his 2023 Groundhog Day prediction

Groundhog Day
Posted at 7:36 AM, Feb 02, 2023

Despite lacking formal meteorology training, Punxsutawney Phil delivers one of the most anticipated weather forecasts of the year.

On Thursday, Phil weighed in on whether there will be six more weeks of winter or if spring will get an early start.

By seeing his shadow on Thursday, Phil predicted that winter continues and spring will not get underway anytime soon.

The tradition dates back 137 years. According to data, he has seen his shadow 107 times compared to not seeing his shadow 20 times. There is no record from 10 Groundhog Days.

2023 marks the third consecutive year Phil saw his shadow.

Despite the pomp and circumstance around Phil when he wriggles out of his burrow, Phil’s accuracy is dubious.

In the 21st century, Phil has been less than 50 percent accurate with his forecasts.

Several other rodents are in the weather prognostication business, including Buckeye Chuck in Ohio and Staten Island Chuck in New York.