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Predicted Extended Duration of Winter by Punxsutawney Phil

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Predicted Extended Duration of Winter by Punxsutawney Phil

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Today marks Groundhog Day once more, and all attention is directed towards Punxsutawney, a town in Pennsylvania. Early this morning, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club brought out Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most renowned groundhog, from his underground dwelling at Gobbler’s Knob to reveal this year’s forecast.

The club members unraveled a scroll next to Phil, and as per his observation, the small creature spotted its shadow today, indicating that we are poised to endure six more weeks of winter. This marks the second consecutive year of shadow sighting for Phil, who also predicted a prolonged winter last year after seeing his shadow in 2021.

Fascinatingly, Phil’s prior year forecast was somewhat accurate, considering he’s only a groundhog devoid of any actual comprehension of meteorological events. The National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, noted, “In February, the contiguous United States experienced temperatures below average and above-average temperatures in March last year. Phil’s forecast was a 50/50 gamble.”

Phil’s weather prognostication record has room for improvement. The NCEI states that “Phil has been accurate only 40% of the time in the past 10 years on average.”

Given the announcement of another significant winter storm brewing on the east coast as of now, Phil might just be more precise in his prediction this year.

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