Groundhog Day 2019 Report: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

By Anna Breuer on 2 February 2019
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Two of the nation’s most famous groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck, awoke from their respective slumbers and did not see their shadows early Saturday, Groundhog Day 2019. As a result, the forecast calls for an early spring.

Today is only the 19th time out of 123 in the record history of the Punxsutawney rodent that Phil hasn’t been able to find his shadow.  It is the fourth year in a row that Chuck predicted an early spring.

The legend goes that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter weather will continue for six weeks. Should he not see his shadow, however, there will be an early spring.

Indeed the weather forecast for much of the United States calls for temperatures to swing rather dramatically from below freezing to spring like by Sunday.

Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, isn’t always right.

“There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis,” according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

In the past 30 years, Phil has been right 38% of the time while Chuck has nailed it in 68% of his predictions.

Groundhog Day festivities have their origin in a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition that transplanted German holiday Badger Day, or Dachstag, to the United States. Dachstag was observed on Candlemas, February 2, effectively the midway point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal, or Spring, Equinox. The tradition held that, if a badger emerged that day and found it to be sunny, thereby casting a shadow, it meant that winter would last for four more weeks.

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