UPDATE: According to Phil…it will be an Early Spring!!
The Goundhog Day 2016 live stream online and TV coverage will once again sweep the nation as millions of people will have their eyes fixated on Punxsutawney, Pa. and a furry little groundhog named Phil – Punxsutawney Phil to be exact! Punxsutawney Phil will once again make his annual forecast that will determine if we will have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Today’s Groundhog Day live stream coverage will get underway at 6 a.m.
According to a USA Today report on Feb. 1, a crowd of thousands is expected at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa for Phil’s big prediction, however we have learned over the years that the little guy isn’t the most accurate weather forecaster, but he is entertaining. If you don’t know how Phil’s forecast prediction works, here it is. According to legend, if Phil sees his shadow on Feb. 2, he returns to his burrow and all of America is in store for six more weeks of winter. However, if he doesn’t see his shadow, the country can expect warmer temperatures and an early spring.
You would think it would be the other way around in a way wouldn’t you? If he sees his shadow it must be sunny, right? Well you can’t argue with Phil’s methods! If you are someone who is looking for an early spring, (meaning Phil doesn’t see his shadow) unfortunately the news may not be very good. Since the year 2000, Phil has seen his shadow every year except for 2007, 2011 and 2013.
This year will mark the 130th anniversary of Phil’s annual prediction and the results over the years have been overwhelming one way Since 1887, the groundhog has seen his shadow 102 times to forecast 6 more weeks of winter, while only not seeing his shadow 17 times, therefore predicting an early spring. In the late 19th century, there have been 10 different times where no record was kept for one reason or another.
While Phil may be the most popular groundhog known nationally, other states do have their very own furry forecaster. West Virginia has French Creek Freddie, Georgia’s Gen. Beauregard Lee, Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck, and North Carolina has little Sir Wally Wally. Here in Michigan we live by “Woody the groundhog’s” forecast!
You can check out Phil’s forecast streaming live online through visitpa.com starting at 6 a.m. ET. After many speeches and a few sips of hot cider, Phil will arrive around 7:20 a.m. ET with the 2016 Groundhog Day prediction.