Cheers all around: Phil the woodchuck predicts early start of spring in US | Bizarre


Large parts of the United States have experienced frigid temperatures in recent weeks. But if we can believe the woodchuck Phil, better weather is coming soon. On Groundhog Day he predicted that mild spring weather was on the way. Phil’s prediction is watched with suspicion every year in the US.

Phil is the most famous groundhog in the United States. Every year on February 2, or Groundhog Day, he predicts how long winter will last.



In keeping with tradition, the rodent was removed from its stump at dawn today in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. If he then sees his shadow, it means that six more weeks of wintry weather are coming.

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But the groundhog was unable to see his shadow this time. In other words, we can assume a quick start to spring. The tens of thousands of spectators who were present despite the freezing temperatures started cheering after that prediction.

40,000 attendees eagerly awaited the forecast.
40,000 attendees eagerly awaited the forecast. © Getty Images via AFP

“Human translation errors”

Phil has been predicting the weather since 1887. According to the Groundhog Club, the woodchuck always gets it right. Wrong predictions are attributed to human ‘translation errors’. In reality, less than half of the predictions turn out to be correct. Tossing a coin therefore gives a more reliable result.


The American tradition of Groundhog Day also inspired the 1993 film of the same name, starring Bill Murray. Since then, Groundhog Day has also received media attention in Europe.

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