According to the tradition, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an “early spring”. This year’s prediction is the 136th Groundhog Day.
The event is based upon a communal light-hearted suspension of disbelief. It is organized by the “Inner Circle” – recognizable from their top hats and tuxedos – who ostensibly communicate with Phil to receive his prognostication.
Live from Punxsutawney, PA this morning at Gobbler’s Knob, the famed groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil” has seen his shadow. This annual prediction comes once every year on February 2 at approximately 7:20am in the morning.
What this prediction means:
6 more weeks of winter! That’s right, the dreaded snow will only be around for 6 more weeks (2 months)!
While Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter, Ohio’s “Buckeye Chuck” predicts otherwise.
Buckeye Chuck, Ohio’s official weather-predicting groundhog, resides in Marion, Ohio. He is one of two whistlepigs in Ohio known for predicting the arrival of spring on Groundhog Day. A native of Ohio, Chuck began predicting the arrival of spring in the 1970s. In addition, the Ohio General Assembly declared Buckeye Chuck the official State Groundhog in 1979. However, from 2006 to 2015, Chuck’s forecast was correct only twice. This year, 2022, Buckeye Chuck has predicted an early spring.