PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog says we’ll see six more weeks of winter.
— Punxsutawney Phil (@GroundhogClub) February 2, 2018
Ohio’s own groundhog, Buckeye Chuck agreed.
— Buckeye Chuck (@OHBuckeyeChuck) February 2, 2018
Legend has it if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, expect six more weeks of winter-like weather. If not, expect spring-like temperatures.
In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney. That’s about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. No records exist for the remaining years.
Last year, both Punxutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck agreed that we’d have six more weeks of winter.