BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (WDTV) - Our two favorite animals are in agreement on the bitterly cold prediction of 6 more weeks of winter! Punxsutawney Phil boldly announced that we would have 6 more weeks of winter after he saw his shadow this morning. Just a few hours later, French Creek Freddie woke up and made his forecast - 6 more weeks of winter as well! The two have not always agreed in the past, but who has the better forecast accuracy?
Last year, Freddie 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, Freddie received an F for his forecast.
In 2016, Freddie and Phil disagreed on their forecasts. Freddie once again saw his shadow which meant 6 more long weeks of winter, while Phil said the opposite! Thankfully for all of those wishing for an early spring, Freddie was wrong. We had significantly above average temperatures through February and record-breaking heat in March! In 2016, Freddie received an F for his forecast.
In 2015, the two animals disagreed on their forecasts yet again. French Creek Freddie did not see his shadow this year and that would indicate an early spring! This was anything but what we saw in 2015. Despite a few days of some 60's and 70's sprinkled into February and March, we saw record-breaking cold. In 2015, Freddie received a D for his forecast.
In 2014, French Creek Freddie and Punxsutawney Phil were in disagreement on the terms of winter and spring yet again. Freddie did not see his shadow and we all hoped for an early spring to come true. A few 60's and 70's were sprinkled in to provide some relief from the cold, but temperatures were unseasonably cold in February and March of that year. In 2015, Freddie received a D for his forecast.
In 2013, the two animals were finally in agreement on the prediction of an early spring! French Creek Freddie did not see his shadow! However, that was not entirely the case. February and March of 2013 featured an abundance of both unseasonably warm and significantly below average days. In 2013, Freddie received a C for his forecast.