Groundhog Day: Did Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?

Goodbye polar vortex and hello spring!

Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous meteorologist/groundhog, made his annual prediction on Saturday, emerging from his burrow at 7:30 am ET unable to see his shadow. According to lore, this means spring is on its way.

But don’t take Phil’s word for it. He has a pretty bad track-record on his weather predictions: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says he’s only right about 40 percent of the time.

This is only the 19th time out of 123 in his recorded history (there are 10 years where no record remains) that Phil hasn’t been able to find his shadow.

It’s hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner after the polar vortex this past week, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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