Groundhog’s Weather Forecast

Monday 03rd Feb 2014 by theWeather Club

On the 2 February, in Pennsylvania (USA), Americans celebrated the 127th Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous furry forecaster, popped out of his burrow on Sunday morning and predicted six more weeks of winter.

According to American folklore, on this particular day, when a groundhog emerges from its burrow, if it is cloudy then spring will come early but if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for another six more weeks.

However, a study from the National Climate Data Centre in the US showed that Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts are on average inaccurate. Nevertheless, more than 40,000 people gather each year to celebrate the occasion and watch the groundhog’s prediction.