Meteorological Marmots: 6 Predictable Groundhogs

Meteorological Marmots: 7 Predictable Groundhogs

Is spring in the air? Ask a groundhog! These 6 amazing weather-predicting marmots are famed far and wide for prognosticating on the prospect of an early spring.

Punxsutawney Phil

Meteorological Marmots: 7 Predictable Groundhogs(images via: Eddie~S and Alessandro M.)

Leading the pack of weather-prognosticating groundhogs is the one, the only and the original meteorological marmot, Punxsutawney Phil! Since 1887, Phil has promulgated a total of 116 predictions of which only a surprising 16 indicated an early spring. So, how’s he doing? On the whole, Pennsylvania’s radiant rodent has scored a somewhat lamentable 39% accuracy rate. Phil Connors could probably do better – or Phil Collins for that matter.

Meteorological Marmots: 7 Predictable Groundhogs(image via: Doug Kerr)

Speaking of weathermen in Punxsutawney PA, expect the iconic Bill Murray comedy film “Groundhog Day” to hit the nation’s TV screens on or around February 2nd – again – and be sure to tune in if you can’t join the happy throngs in person at good old Gobbler’s Knob.

Wiarton Willie

Meteorological Marmots: 7 Predictable Groundhogs

If having multiple groundhogs giving conflicting weather reports on Groundhog Day is confusing, having multiple weather-forecasting woodchucks named Willie is positively head-spinning! Regardless, Wiarton Willie of Wiarton, Ontario, Canada has no plans to cease the February 2nd prediction’s he (or she) has been promulgating since the early 1980s.

Meteorological Marmots: 7 Predictable Groundhogs(images via: ActiveSteve)

All Wiarton Willies (there have been at least two or three) are albino woodchucks with fur as white as the driven snow, of which there’s quite a lot of in Wiarton in early February.