This Sunday is the big day that everyone is waiting for. Millions will plop themselves down in front TV’s around the country to see the outcome of the big event. Yes, Sunday is Groundhog Day. It’s the day when Punxsutawney Phil will climb out of his burrow and predict the coming of spring. According to folklore, if the sun is shining and Phil sees his shadow, winter weather will continue for six more weeks. If it is cloudy then spring will come early.
The official website of this friendly groundhog states that Punxsutawney Phil has predictions that are accurate “100% of the time, of course!” According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, what percentage of the time has Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions been accurate?
Apparently groundhogs have no weather predictive skills. If you just flipped a coin, you’d be right 33% of the time, so Phil’s 39% success rate is not too good. But, it’s probably about the same as any weatherman trying to make long-term predictions, and, so, we’ll forgive him.
By the way, the groundhog, also known as a woodchuck (Marmota monax), is a member of the squirrel family. Groundhogs in the wild eat succulent green plants, such as dandelion, clover, and grasses.
According to handlers John Griffiths and Ben Hughes, Phil weighs 15 pounds and thrives on dog food and ice cream in his climate-controlled home at the Punxsutawney Library.
Up on Gobbler’s Knob, Phil is placed in a heated burrow underneath a simulated tree stump on stage before being pulled out at 7:25 a.m. to make his prediction.
Net Check In’s:
Tonight we had a total of 33 people check in to the Net. Of those, 2 had the correct answer to the Trivia Question. Congratulations to:
- Jerry – KD6JPD
- Leon – AF6TT
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