Phil the marmot predicts how long winter will be | iRADIO

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You can find out what the weather will be like in the Czech Republic every half hour and sometimes more often. Americans are looking forward to a special forecast from a truly extraordinary meteorologist on Friday. It has a bushy fur coat and weighs less than five kilos. He’s Phil the marmot, and every year at Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, he predicts whether it’s winter or spring. How it will be this year, Phil will reveal around half past two in the afternoon our time.



Punxsutawney (Pennsylvania)
9:39 am February 2, 2024

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You can find out what the weather will be like in the Czech Republic every half hour and sometimes more often, in the United States it is predicted once a year by marmot Phil | Photo: Alan Freed | Source: Reuters

While chanting the name of the famous animal prognosticator, the president of the Punxsutawney Marmot Club knocks on the door of the tree stump in which a perhaps suspicious Phil is hibernating. Another member of the club carefully takes the sleeping rodent out onto a tree stump, where, depending on whether the marmot sees its own shadow or not, it predicts how long winter will last. When the shadow sees, it will be cold for another six weeks. If not, spring will come soon.

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They say marmots speak a language that club members understand. But in reality he sniffs the prepared rolls of paper with predictions. The one he chooses is then read by a member of the schmuck club to the crowd of Punxsutawny visitors.


Snow fell on average this year, but due to warming, the white cover will no longer last, the climatologist explains

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Last year Phil saw his shadow and predicted more than a month of cold weather. The last time he predicted spring was in 2020. The tradition of marmot prognostics originated in Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania in 1886. Since then, Phil has predicted winter 108 times and only 20 spring predictions. But less than half of the predictions were correct.

What Phil predicted in the remaining ten years is not known, according to the organizers of today’s show for thousands of spectators in the open air. Not every year has records of Phil’s prophecy preserved.

Groundhogs have been heavily promoted by the film On Groundhog Day One Day More starring Bill Murray as a TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop and keeps going back to February 2nd day after day, no matter what happens.

According to the forecast of human meteorologists, it will be cloudy to cloudy over almost the entire territory of Pennsylvania today. So Phil the marmot wouldn’t have to see his shadow. But maybe they’ll see him anyway and the winter won’t end right away.

Pavel Novak

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