BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - Every year on February 2nd we hear from our neighborly Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil about what his prediction is for the next 6 weeks. Do we see an early spring or does winter's wrath continue? This year, Phil saw his shadow and traditionally that means we are in for another 6 long weeks of winter! Do you trust Phil's forecast? His accuracy for our region has been pretty good over the past few years besides 2016. Here at WDTV, we put together a Groundhog Report Card for Phil and let's discuss how he has done in the past.
Last year, Phil saw his shadow which indicated we would be in for 6 more weeks of winter. This forecast was just the opposite of what we experienced here in the Mountain State! We saw an abundant amount of unseasonably warm temperatures through all of February and into March. In 2017, Phil received an F for his forecast.
In 2016, Phil did not see his shadow which was a sign of early spring! Phil hit the nail on the head with his forecast in 2016 as we had record breaking heat in March and overall significantly above average temperatures through February. In 2016, Phil received a golden A for his forecast.
In 2015, Phil saw his shadow which meant we were in for another 6 weeks of winter. Despite a few days of some 60's and 70's sprinkled into February and March, we did see record-breaking cold. Although Phil didn't give us a heads up on those few warmer days, he still accurately forecasted the bigger picture: the cold. In 2015, Phil received a B for his forecast.
In 2014, Phil saw his shadow once again meaning 6 more brutal weeks of winter! Just a few days of record-breaking cold were seen in the area between February and March of 2014. However, the big theme throughout those two months was below average temperatures. A few 60's and 70's were also sprinkled in to provide some relief from the cold, but temperatures were unseasonably cold in February and March of that year. In 2014, Phil received a B for his forecast.
In 2013, Phil did not see his shadow and many people rejoiced at the hopes of an early spring! However, that was not entirely the case. February and March of 2013 featured an abundance of both unseasonably warm and significantly below average days. For this reason, in 2013 Phil received a C for his forecast.