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This past week, America’s favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, peeped out of his wintry lair to witness his own shadow and predict six more weeks of winter. But it turns out that everyone’s favorite rodent isn’t very good at his job. As CNN reported,
In the past, Phil has been way more likely to see his shadow than not. He has reportedly seen his shadow 104 times, but not seen his shadow only 20 times. Statistically speaking, Phil has been correct in his forecasts about 50% of the time in the last 10 years.
In our imaginations, Phil isn’t buying his own hype. He’s turning to the dedicated scientists at the National Weather Service to determine when he’s actually ready to scrap his weighted blanket and come out of hibernation.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Extreme weather and permanent droughts are sweeping across the Western U.S., and with them comes an increasing demand for A/C and power. But cooling buildings through increasingly severe heatwaves takes a significant toll on power grids, and a new study has found that a significant heatwave blackout in three major American cities […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As summer approaches, the Northern Plains of the United States and the Canadian Prairies, which are the world’s key growing regions for canola and spring wheat, are experiencing a record-breaking drought. Now, farmers fear that these parched fields won’t yield enough crop to satisfy unusually high demand. This fear […]
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