The 130-year-old custom understands that if a groundhog emerges from its hole at the end of hibernation and sees its shadow against the sunny weather, it will retreat back to its den with winter lasting a further six weeks.
This is only the 19th occasion in which Phil has not been able to see his shadow since 1887. There is a bit of a thaw ahead in the US, according to the Weather Channel, but more freezing temperatures loom in the coming weeks as well, and it seems like winter is far from over.
Each year, Americans wait with bated breath to learn from a groundhog if spring will come sooner rather than later.
Even if Phil's prediction turns out to be inaccurate, the weather is expected to warm up during the weekend.Читайте также: Nintendo delays its very first Mario Kart game for mobile
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.
"There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis", the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information states on its website. According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, the iconic creature's predictions are only 39 percent accurate.
Groundhog Day still not making sense? Alternately, a cloudy day meant an early spring. The annual event began in 1886, when a spirited group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" and proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog. "All hail groundhog supremacy", the Inner Circle president said, as Phil was presented to the crowd. Since then, the quirky tradition has ballooned into a multi-day spectacle for the town.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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