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Ground Hog Day Statistics

How Often Does Phil See his Shadow
Posted at 5:58 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 06:40:57-05

Ground Hog day is Saturday and many will be watching the famous Punxsutawney Phil and his forecast to learn whether there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. And after the weather over the last two weeks, many will likely hope for an early spring rather than 6 more weeks of winter, especially those in Maryland.

If you follow the weather lore around the ground hog, you know that his forecast depends on whether he sees his shadow. If he sees his shadow, that means 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, that means an early spring.

Over the last 10 years, the Phil has seen his shadow 7 times. There have only been three times where he has not seem his shadow and called for an early spring.