The verdict is in, Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow! That means an early spring for everyone in the United States.
At least according to Phil.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the prognosticator of prognosticators has about a 45% accuracy rating over the last three decades. This year the prediction was a little rigged. Cloudy skies meant, “there is no shadow to be cast” according to one of the performers who interpret Punxsutawney’s predictions each year. That coupled with an overall mild winter could mean nature’s weatherman may have it right this year.
The full prediction from Punxsutawney read,
“Here ye, here ye, here ye, this second day of February 2016, the 130th annual trek of the Punxsutawney Groundhog’s Club, Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators, was awakened to the cheers of his thousands of grateful followers. In groundhog-ese he directed to the president and inner circle to the precise prediction scroll, which translated reads, ‘The inner circle grows to great end to keep me abreast of the latest trends. Down in my burrow I never get bored, riding on my hoverboard. And I sure have fun flying my drone, but weather forecasting is my comfort zone. Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end. There is no shadow to be cast. An early spring is my forecast.'”