Happy Groundhog Day 2012. Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this morning at Gobbler's Knob? The answer is supposed to predict the remainder of winter. Is spring right around the corner, or will there be six more weeks of winter?
About 20,000 people gathered in Gobbler's Knob this morning to see Punxsutawney Phil exit his home at daybreak (around 7:25 a.m.) while millions more watched around the country. Ultimately, Groundhog Day 2012 resulted in Phil seeing his shadow this morning.
Those people hoping for spring soon will be disappointed. However, because of the rather mild winter that many in the U.S. have experienced, perhaps many people will appreciate six more weeks of winter this year. There is just one small problem with this prediction though, Punxsutawney Phil is not very accurate historically. Of course, this accuracy claim is hotly debated with the groundhog's official website claiming he has 100 percent accuracy and AccuWeather saying he is accurate 80 percent of the time. However, there are some numbers thrown out there as low as 39 percent.
Whether this creature is accurate at predicting weather, Groundhog Day certainly is a fun tradition throughout the U.S., and it is always interesting to see just what the prediction is. It is fun to take a few minutes out of the day to find out what happened at daybreak on February 2 every year.
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