Punxsutawney Phil and Phake News


Punxsutawney Phil, 2019

“Punxsutawney Phil is only right 40% of the time.” I read this in the local newspaper on Saturday, Groundhog’s Day. Fox News, NPR, CNN and CBS all said something similar.

No. The groundhog gets it right 100% of the time.

If it is cloudy when the groundhog comes out of his burrow on Groundhog’s Day and he doesn’t see his shadow, there’s six more weeks until spring; if it is sunny, the groundhog sees his shadow and scurries back into its burrow, and we have six more weeks of winter.

It’s the same thing, people.

Okay, I know. It’s just a little niggling thing that shouldn’t matter at all, but if you’re a fact stickler, don’t go dissing poor Phil for a poor track record. I don’t think he’s got the skills of meteorologist or anything, but the odds are stacked in his favor.

I’m climbing down from my soapbox now. And.. I’m hoping for an early spring.