If you were hoping to dust the snow off the lawn chair to start working on your tan, you’re going to have to wait a few weeks, at least according to Punxsutawney Phil.
Phil the groundhog saw his shadow today, so six more weeks of winter it is.
Punxsutawney Phil is no stranger to controversy though. According to the Washington Post:
Last year, Phil also saw his shadow — the final nail in the coffin for what was one of the most brutally long winters in the U.S. The unrelenting winter dragged on through March in many places in 2014. Around D.C., many locations accumulated more than 30 inches of snow last winter, and Phil chalked another one up in the “verified” column.
While no one questions Phil’s dedication to the seasonal outlook, his accuracy is an enduring source of controversy.
In 2013, Phil issued a forecast for an early spring, but bitter cold and snow gripped the eastern U.S. into March that year. The prosecuting attorney in Butler County, Ohio, went as far as to seek the death penalty for Phil for “misrepresentation of early spring” before a Pennsylvania law firm came to Phil’s defense, claiming the Ohio attorney had no jurisdiction to prosecute the groundhog.
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