WFXR Weather Trivia: Punxsutawney Phil’s Shadow

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Are you a weather fan or a meteorological expert? See if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!

When was the last time Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day?

Each year, the well-known Groundhog Day celebration is held at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. The groundhog—named Punxsutawney Phil—emerges from his burrow around sunrise on Feb. 2nd to give his seasonal forecast. If Phil sees his shadow, this means six more weeks of winter-like weather. If he doesn’t see his shadow, this means he has predicted an “early spring.”

The last time Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow was in 2020, signaling an “early spring” for the year. He gave a similar prediction in 2019.

Phil predicts an early spring! Groundhog Day 2024

For 2024, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, meaning spring is expected to come early this year.

Phil rarely gives “early spring” predictions. In the celebration’s nearly 140-year history, Punxsutawney Phil has not seen his shadow 21 times.

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