One Funny Thing: Punxsutawney Phil No Match for NWS

Cartoon by Alex Bowman for Our Daily Planet

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.

 

 

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