Many in North America woke disheartened on February 2 to learn that the famous groundhog weather forecaster Punxsautawny Phil, after seeing his shadow, is predicting six more weeks of winter.
6 More Weeks Of Winter? “Not So Fast” Say Other Groundhogs
This is the worst news, unless you are a skier and polar bear.
But don't be too discouraged yet! Punxsautawney Phil only has a 39 percent accuracy rating, according to the National Climactic Data Center. Which isn't that great considering he has a 50/50 chance of correctly predicting the season. Plus, Phil is not the only prognosticating groundhog. Nay, there are others and we have a round up of their predictions below!
Punxsutawney Phil: Six more weeks of winter
Shubenacadie Sam: Early spring
Wiarton Willie: Early spring
Chattanooga Chuck: Early spring
T-Boy Nutria: Early spring
Staten Island Chuck: Early spring
General Beauregard Lee: Early spring
Manitoba Merv: Six more weeks of winter
Dunkirk Dave: Six more weeks of winter
Buckeye Chuck: Six more weeks of winter
Jimmy The Groundhog: Six more weeks of winter
So, when some groundhogs disagree with Punxsutawney Phil, while others support his prediction, how do we know when spring will come? It's complicated, but the scientists at the National Centers for Environmental Information have a few ideas.