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What is the groundhog's name for groundhog day?

Groundhog's day is February 2nd, what is the groundhog's name who will tell us whether Spring is here or winter will last a few more weeks?

Groundhog's day is February 2nd. What is the groundhog's name who will tell us whether Spring is here or winter will last a few more weeks?
Anthony Quintano

On 2nd February in a small Pennsylvania town, Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog will emerge from his slumber to cast his prediction for whether spring is here or if there will be six more weeks of winter.

The tradition which dates back to 1886, has endured throughout the pandemic, and many can tune in tomorrow to see the groundhog decides. As groundhogs cannot communicate their ideas directly, the interaction is mediated by the President of the Groundhog Club, a trusted member of Punxsutawney Phil’s ‘Inner Circle.' The 'Inner Circle' is described as the "group of local dignitaries responsible for carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day every year." In addition to hosting, they also are "responsible for the feeding and care of Phil himself!

Should Phil emerge from his hole tomorrow and see his shadow "he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole." However, if there are clouds in the sky that block a potential shadow "he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground."

How did the groundhog get his name?

Punxsutawney Phil is named after Punxsutawney Pennsylvania which is where the ceremony takes place.

How accurate are the Punxsutawney Phil's readings?

Depends on who you ask. According to the Groundhog Club, Phil's readings are one hundred percent accurate, but sometimes the President fails to interpret the correct result. However, the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration conducted independent research and found that over the last ten years "Phil has gotten it right 40% of the time" when comparing "U.S. national temperatures with Phil’s forecasts."

As Pennsylvania tends to experience fairly cold winters, Phil has tended to predict longer winters over the years. Since 1886, he has seen his shadow 103 times.


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