No Shadow For Punxsutawney Phil

A winter tradition at Gobbler’s Knob brought out thousands of people to participate in the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  According to the History channel, “The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.”  Groundhog Day is rich in tradition, and according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, it was “founded from the traditions of the Romans, who carried the myth to the Germans during Roman invasions many centuries ago.”

According to the Weather Channel this morning February 2, 2020, “Punxsutawney Phil was pulled from his burrow in Gobbler's Knob Sunday morning and did not see his shadow, which, according to legend, means an early spring and warmer temperatures are coming.”  How accurate is Punxsutawney Phil?  According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “On average, Phil has gotten it right 40% of the time over the past 10 years.”

A long story made short, according to Punxsutawney Phil, we will have an early spring since the famous Groundhog did not see his shadow.

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