Groundhog Day forecast: Winter isn’t over yet

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Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction on Feb. 2 indicates that there are six more weeks of winter.

According to International Business Times UK, the German legend associated with Groundhog Day indicates that if the groundhog sees its shadow, winter will last for six more weeks, but if it doesn’t, spring will come early.

The first known record of Groundhog Day dates to a Morgantown, Pennsylvania, shopkeeper’s diary from Feb. 4, 1841. Organizers of Groundhog Day may say that Phil’s seasonal predictions range from 75 percent to 90 percent accurate, but groups like the National Climatic Data Center don’t think the squirrel-like rodent has a knack for predicting when spring weather will arrive.

Via: International Business Times UK > Groundhog day 2015: The 19th century US tradition of the weather-predicting giant squirrel

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