Prediction from This Year’s Groundhog Day


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National Groundhog Day for the year of 2023 officially predicted that there will be six more weeks of winter.

Troy S., Writer

Early on Thursday, the “local legend” Phil, woke up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and spotted his shadow. Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and many others made a trip to Gobbler’s Knob, Phil’s official home. Phil, or Punxsutawney Phil, has been shown to predict the spring season correctly 40% of the time over the past 10 years. Because he saw his shadow, we are in for six more weeks of winter. Phil isn’t the only animal that predicts the weather. States including Ohio, North Carolina, New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, West Virginia, and Michigan each have their own groundhogs. Unlike the rest of these states, California doesn’t have a groundhog; instead, our state uses a tortoise, Mojave Maxine. This year, Maxine and Phil have the same idea of six more weeks of winter. According to the National Weather Service, most parts of California will experience above-normal precipitation levels for early February. Make sure to keep your rain boots on and your winter coats zipped for six more weeks!