Groundhog Day 2018

Published: Feb. 2, 2018 at 7:59 AM EST
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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Friday morning in front of thousands of on lookers. According to superstition, if Phil sees his shadow when pulled from his stump, we will experience six more weeks of Winter. If he is pulled from his stump and he doesn't see his shadow, we will have an early Spring.

According to, "Groundhog Day has deeper meaning because it speaks to the triumph of spring over winter—and birth over death. Originally, this was a Celtic festival marking the cross-quarter day, or midpoint of the season."

WTAP Meteorologist Thomas Battle says, "While this is a fun superstition, groundhogs have no backing in science. If you want to know a long term forecast, check with your local meteorologist."

Phil's record has not been quite spot on with a 39% accuracy rate going back to 1887.


Shadow Seen: 104 times

No Shadow: 18 times

No record: 9

2010: Shadow Seen

2011: No Shadow

2012: Shadow Seen

2013: No Shadow

2014: Shadow Seen

2015: Shadow Seen

2016: No Shadow

2017: Shadow Seen

2018: Shadow Seen