Punxsutawney Phil: Expect 6 more weeks of winter

The event in Punxsutawney is a party, with officials wearing top hats on stage and many in the audience wearing groundhog hats made of brown fleece.If the weather is cloudy when it appears from its burrow, then spring will come early.The tradition is celebrated every year on February 2 – a date midway between winter’s solstice and the spring equinox – and draws hundreds of visitors to the small town in the western part of the Keystone State. Over the past ten years, Phil’s been right 50 percent of the time. There is much debate surrounding this question and if you ask a Groundhog Day organizer they will surely answer differently than an actual meteorologist. But elsewhere in the country, signs of spring decry Punxsutawney Phil’s frosty prediction.”Spring is arriving 20 days earlier than a long-term average (1981-2010) in much of the Southeastern U.S.”, USA-NPN concludes.Phil doesn’t have the best track record either.Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, revelers should expect wintery weather to continue through the holiday.The rodent didn’t see his shadow, so winter should have been over.Today is Groundhog Day, an annual tradition in which the furry critters are used to prognosticate whether winter will end soon or not. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, he speaks to the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese. The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day.When did Groundhog Day start?Last year, Willie predicted six more weeks of winter, while Phil predicted an early spring.Phil’s prediction is broadcast each year on visitPA.com which results in the largest single day of traffic to the website. He’s seen his shadow 102 times hinting at the awful and gloomy six weeks of winter. Long-range weather forecasts tend to be inaccurate even by experienced meteorologists, according to the Washington Post.