YORK, Pa. – With the polar vortex bringing dangerous wind chills to central Pennsylvania this week, meteorologists are convinced that Phil will confirm their suspicions and predict six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2.
So, what is the legend of Groundhog Day?
According to the legend:
If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
That’s how the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club describes the Feb. 2 tradition, marking the midway point of winter.
Is the tradition scientific? Absolutely not.
Are there other furry, weather-predicting animals? Certainly.
But the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has declared Phil the authoritative groundhog in this quirky myth.
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Predictions for 2019 in Punxsutawney
Here are expectations of the conditions in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for Saturday, Groundhog Day 2019.
The National Weather Service predicts it will be mostly sunny with a high near 31.
AccuWeather predicts it will be partly sunny with a high near 30.
The Weather Channel predicts it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 30.
Phil will have the last word, though.
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