Groundhog vs Meteorologists

Groundhog vs Meteorologists
MGN Online
Weather Talk
Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 4:16pm

Is the groundhog more accuate than meteorologists?

Today we celebrate both the Super Bowl and the forecasting of a rodent, that's right, Punxsutawney Phil. 

Groundhog day has been celebrated for centuries now, it is a celebration as old as time. And many people across the nation tend to believe this furry friend rather than forecasters or meteorologists.

Today is the day that the Groundhog comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow.

If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If the day is cloudy, therefore, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

So is this furry little rodent more accurate than the professionals?

His method dates back in the farming days.

New England farmers knew that we were not close to the end of winter, no matter how cloudy February 2nd was.

February 2nd is often times the heart of winter.

If the farmer didn't have half his hay remaining, there may have been lean times for the cows before spring and fresh grass arrived.

And this year, meteorologists are actually agreeing with Phil.

In El Paso, we are in for a cold work week. By Thursday, we are predicting to fall into the 40's , followed by a few showers on Friday and Saturday.

February is expected to be a little colder than January in the borderland, with a lot more precipitation trickling down on El Paso.

But Phil hasn't always been accurate.

In 2012, Phil saw his shadow, but temperatures were higher than average at both the end of February and the end of March, according to the weather service.

And of course nether are we. We have a few bumps in the road when trying to forecast the weather.

But who wants to give away their job for a day to a cute and fuzzy rodent? I guess it's not that bad.

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