Groundhog Day: How Accurate is Punxsutawney Phil for Columbia?

Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil?

His prediction of six more weeks of winter was accurate for a few regions, but it came up short for several others. Weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas, where the badger is viewed as a forecasting animal.

Groundhogs spend the winter months hibernating, then Phil gets plucked out of his slumber to do a morning's worth of work.

Sussex County is home, at Space Farms, to weather-predicting groundhog Stonewall Jackson V who comes from a long line of oracular groundhogs- all named Stonewall Jackson. On the night of February 1, they go to a hill called "Gobbler's Knob". Spring has indeed been starting earlier, a sign of our warming climate.

But if Phil doesn't see his shadow, spring is in for an early arrival.

Real long-range forecasters with the National Weather Service say they're getting better at predicting long-term trends, though.

Charlie Hoag, the owner of Holland's own HuckyToo, says his groundhog has been correct the last six years in a row, and he says HuckyToo saw his shadow, "beyond a shadow of a doubt".

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Candlemas is also the traditional time in some countries when Christmas decorations are removed, so if you've been procrastinating the tree disposal, don't feel too bad. People have been gathering at the same spot ever since.

Men from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club inner circle, a prestigious group made up of the who's who in Punxsutawney, take care of Phil all year and plan the big event.

Revelers bear frigid cold temperatures and gather at Gobbler's Knob from as early as 1am that morning, waiting for the appearance of the furry critter. Given Phil's percentages, this is controversial. That's about 65 miles (about 100 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

According to a report by, the inception of Groundhog Day can be dated back to an ancient Christian tradition known as Candlemas which consisted of priests giving away candles to the people to use them during the winter season.

He and his news team get caught in a blizzard and must stay in town overnight.

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