Every year on Groundhog Day, folks eager to know whether there will be six more weeks of winter wait for Punxsutawney Phil to emerge from his burrow. Since 1887, the storied groundhog has failed to see his shadow — thereby predicting an early spring, as legend has it — only 15 times. How accurate is he? According to the Stormfax Weather Almanac, Phil’s prognostic powers are pretty putrid; in fact, he’s been correct only 39% of the time. Flipping a coin would be more precise.
The bottom line: If you’re someone who insists on getting your weather report from a 130-year-old rodent … I can’t help you.
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