To shadow, or not to shadow?
That is the question the town of Punxsutawney, Pa. will be asking Thursday morning, as Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual weather prediction.
The famed groundhog will rise from his burrow on Groundhog Day to give us his outlook on what we can expect the weather to be in the U.S. weather in the coming weeks, depending on if he sees his shadow.
The rules are simple:
- If Phil sees his shadow, he predicts six more weeks of winter.
- If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, he predicts an early spring.
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When is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is every Feb. 2.
When will Punxsutawney Phil make his prediction?
The festivities will begin at Gobbler’s Knob Grounds In Punxsutawney, Pa. at 3 a.m. ET. However, Punxsutawney Phil won’t be making his prediction until just around 7:28 a.m. ET, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle.
How to watch Punxsutawney Phil make his prediction
You’re in the right spot but you can also watch a Groundhog Day livestream here.
What did Punxsutawney Phil predict last year?
In 2022, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted a longer winter. It was the 106th time he saw his shadow in 126 years he has made a prediction.
Is Punxsutawney Phil always right?
Since making his first prediction in 1887, Punxsutawney Phil has been right only 39% of the timeaccording to the Stormfax Weather Almanac. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information found from 2012-21, Phil was only right 40% of the time.
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