Human Weather Forecasters Throw Shade at Punxsutawney Phil

Bluebonnets can be seen blooming along I-35 and 15th street, a sure sign spring is, well, springing early in 2020.

But is winter really over for good?

To answer that question, many across the nation relish suspending science and turning to a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil for the weather forecast.

And now, what everyone wants to know on Groundhog Day: does Phil see his shadow, indicating arrival of early spring, or will winter last another six weeks?

The Seer of Seers, as he is known, emerges from Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania every February 2 to deliver his famous prognostication, a tradition celebrated since the late 1800s.

Here’s how it all came about according to groundhog.org:

“The celebration started in Christianity as the day, (February 2nd), when Christians would take their candles to the church to have them blessed. This, they felt, would bring blessings to their household for the remaining winter.  As time rolled on the day evolved into another form. If, according to German lore, the hedgehog saw his shadow on Candlemas Day there would be a “Second Winter” or 6 more weeks of bad weather. As German settlers came to what is now the United States, so too came their traditions and folklore. With the absence of hedgehogs in the United States, a similar hibernating animal was chosen. This leads us to yet another evolution in the legend and to present day Punxsutawney.”

Phil’s track record isn’t exactly stellar, however, with only 30-40% accuracy rate when compared to NOAA & NCEP records.

And there have been imitators in recent years, like Texas’ own Bee Cave Bob, an armadillo.

For the real deal when it comes to the long range forecast, we turn to Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons and Meteorologist Dan Robertson from the “Weather on the 1s” Weather Team.

In the above video, your human prognosticators say we have at least one more big round of cold air coming to Texas before spring tries to completely take over.