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More Winter? Ask Us, Not the Groundhog!

Wednesday is Groundhog Day. As much as we like groundhogs, though, you don’t need to wait until then to find out whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter. Just check your Farmers’ Almanac.

We expect that when Punxsutawney Phil, the most well-known of North America’s fuzzy prognosticators, pops his head out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, he’ll turn around and head right back inside again! We’re predicting plenty of snow and cold and ice to pound much of North America through late March, with at least a few more major storm systems between now and then. You can get more detailed predictions for your area in our Long Range Forecast.

Members of Punxsutawney Phil’s “Inner Circle” claim his predictions are 100% accurate. You can learn more about the history of Groundhog Day in this article we ran last year. Or learn more about groundhogs with this fun Groundhog Day Trivia.

Unlike the groundhog, we use a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula to make our weather predictions. Instead of relying on his shadow, our forecaster, Caleb Weatherbee, takes sunspot activity, tidal action, position of the planet and many other factors into consideration. Fans of the almanac say our annual weather forecast is accurate 80-85% of the time.

But we’re not afraid of a little competition either, especially not from animals. In fact, this year, we’re engaging in a friendly contest with a grey fox who lives at the Maine Wildlife Park. Our local newspaper, the Lewiston Sun Journal, has been covering the competition over the last several weeks. We’ll see who comes out on top at the end of the winter.

9 comments

1 Veronica { 02.07.11 at 9:25 am }

I am sick of winter!!! I was hoping that I would find that winter would be over early and we could start looking forward to spring!!!!!

2 HoustonSnow { 02.04.11 at 4:28 pm }

I would really like to see some snow in Houston.

3 Frutero { 02.02.11 at 5:02 pm }

I dare to hope that in Upper Florida, at least, Spring will be much earlier than last year. The peach and plum blooms are open over a month earlier, the countryside cats are riotously catting, and there is new leaf on the black cherries. The first violets are even in. We could still be sandbagged, though, and freeze our peaches off…

4 Jaime McLeod { 02.01.11 at 8:52 am }

Melinda, We said “wet” for the southeast, and never specifically called for any snow in Louisiana. Perhaps you’re reading a competing almanac? Ours has an orange and green cover.

5 Fran { 01.31.11 at 8:37 pm }

Most likely, that groundhog won’t come out at all, considering it will be snowing yet again.
And February will be as bad as January, too.

6 Melinda { 01.31.11 at 4:24 pm }

Well I would like to rely on the farmers almanac for weather here in Bernice Louisiana but we haven’t seen any of the snow that the almanac said we would.. now if you say we’re gonna get rain, that is a sure bet.. seems that is the only accurate weather forecast predicted for us.. no matter who predicts it. Can you tell I want some snow…lol.

7 Kathy Clarke { 01.31.11 at 3:32 pm }

I like to check with you AND the animals. I think they are aware of kinds of information we can no longer remember about weather and seasons.

8 Charles Wood { 01.31.11 at 2:52 pm }

We here in the deep South, north MS, don’t rely much on the Yankee groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to know what the next six weeks of weather will be. We know that by the third week of March, we can begin to think about having prepared the ground ready for planting our early summer veggies, as long as the moon phase and signs are right. Love to practice this type of gardening.

9 Cel { 01.31.11 at 1:41 pm }

This is NOT good news.

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