It's official: We will have a longer winter, according to America's beloved groundhog meteorologist.
Punxsutawney Phil rose from his burrow and saw his shadow Thursday morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in front of a large Groundhog Day crowd as the nation anxiously waited to see what he would predict.
Phil's prediction was made official after speaking with Groundhog Club president Tom Dunkel in "Groundhogese," who then translated the prediction for the world.
Phil spotting his shadow means we will have six more weeks of winter. The prediction comes as much of the country is dealing with another major winter storm.
Groundhog Day 2023 livestream: Watch Punxsutawney Phil make his annual weather prediction
This year marks the third straight year the groundhog has spotted his shadow, something he has done often since his first prediction in 1887. Of the 127 recorded times Phil has predicted the weather, he has now seen his shadow 107 times (or 84% of the time). His longest streak of seeing his shadow remains at 31, when he saw it every year from 1903 to 1933.
It'll take some time to figure out whether Phil's prediction is right, but given his history, he's probably wrong.
According to the Stormfax Weather Almanac, Phil has been right only 39% of the time, and his track record is evidence that trying to predict the weather is hard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information says.
"Predicting the arrival of springtime for an entire country, especially one with such varied regional climates as the United States, isn’t easy," the center said.
Still, it doesn't prevent the The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle – the group that puts on the annual event and takes care of Phil – from celebrating its hero. The group says the groundhog's prediction is right "100% of the time, of course!"
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Punxsutawney Phil's recent predictions and Groundhog Day results
Here are the past 10 predictions made by Punxsutawney Phil:
2016: No shadow
2019: No shadow
2020: No shadow
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Groundhog Day 2023 results: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?