Groundhog Day

By: Rebecca Reese, News Editor

Is climate change to blame or is it Puxsutawney Phil?

Earlier this week, the groundhog popped out of his hole, just as he has for many years.

In front of a crowd, Puxsutawney Phil, in fact, did not see his shadow. This means that spring is coming early.

If Vermonters don’t believe the news from all the way down in Pennsylvania, Shubenacadie Sam, the “Puxsutawney” of Canada, also did not see his shadow. Early spring, eh?

However, those who are not convinced may have good reason.

According to Stormfax.com, “The groundhog’s seasonal forecasting accuracy is somewhat low. Phil’s Winter prognostications have been correct only 39% of the time.”

But where did the tradition begin?

According to the Smithsonian, “While modern meteorologists may put more faith in weather satellites and statistical data than whether or not a big rodent saw its shadow, Groundhog Day wasn’t always a silly tradition: it’s actually rooted in the movements of the sun and dates back thousands of years.”

Time will tell whether or not Phil was accurate this year, but regardless, we will see him again on February 2, 2017.