Groundhog Day Results.

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Annual Groundhog's Day Ritual Held In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania | Photo by pix11.com

Many people were glued to their TV screens to watch the Super Bowl yesterday, but early in the morning groundhogs were preparing their forecasts. Today was Groundhog Day and I checked in with many of the groundhogs to see what they had for a forecast.

Punxsutawney Phil | Image ww.skeptic.com
Punxsutawney Phil | Image ww.skeptic.com

The most famous groundhog”Punxsutawney Phil” led the group that saw their shadow predicting 6 more weeks of Winter. The others in that group are Malverne Mel, Holtsville Hal, and Sun Prairie Jimmy. Those not seeing their shadow predicting an early Spring are Staten Island Chuck, General Lee, Buckeye Chuck, Sir Walter Wally, and Dunkirk Dave. Even Wiarton Willie from Ontario Canada predicted an early spring by not seeing his shadow. That’s 6 to 4 in favor of an early Spring.

The one groundhog who I haven’t mentioned is Spencer Butte Bob, my personal groundhog (Actually a plaster statue). It was overcast and dark this morning so Bob did not see his shadow predicting an early spring. Bob changes the ratio to 7 to 4 in favor of an early spring. I don’t know about you but I’d rather trust a prediction from a resident of the Pacific Northwest that any of the other groundhogs from elsewhere. Remember, these predictions are about as accurate as flipping a coin, but it is fun to check this out each year.

Tim Chuey is a Member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has been Awarded Seals of Approval for television weathercasting from both organizations.

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