Today is February 2, the day Punxsutawney Phil makes his prediction for the end of winter. According to Wikipedia, his predictions are about 80% accurate.
Now here’s something I didn’t know before. There are quite a few other groundhogs that make predictions in the US. I thought it was just Phil, but maybe because he became a celebrity with the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray.
In any case, there are several more around the county listed by Wikipedia, and they don’t always agree. Here’s a listing of 2010 predictions:
|Groundhog Name||Location||2010 Prediction|
|Gus||Athens, Georgia||Early spring|
|Queen Charlotte||Charlotte, North Carolina||Early spring|
|Octoraro Orphie||Quarryville, Pennsylvania||Early Spring|
|Sir Walter Wally||Raleigh, North Carolina||Early Spring|
|Jimmy the Groundhog||Sun Prairie, Wisconsin||Early spring|
|General Beauregard Lee||Snellville, Georgia||Early spring|
|Smith Lake Jake||Graysville, Alabama||6 more weeks of winter|
|Staten Island Chuck||Staten Island (NY City)||Early spring|
|Punxsutawney Phil||Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania||6 more weeks of winter|
|Uni||Myerstown, Pennsylvania||Early spring|
|Dunkirk Dave||Dunkirk, New York||Early spring|
|French Creek Freddie||French Creek, West Virginia||Early Spring|
|Chuckles||Manchester, Connecticut||6 more weeks of winter|
|Woody||Howell, Michigan||6 more weeks of winter|
Last year Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Last year in the Dallas area we had snowfall of around 12”, something we hadn’t seen since the 70’s. So I guess that was a good call for him, at least for me.
Today he’s predicting an early spring! Hurray for Phil!