Yes, it is time for the world’s most famous rodent to fixate the nation with his shadow-phobic response. It appears that good people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania have rejected the demand of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to free Phil into the wild and get a robotic groundhog (which presumably would detect a shadow through sensors).
It turns out that Phil is not much of a weather prognosticator: he has been right only 39 percent of the time. That is reassuring since this morning the giant rodent predicted six more weeks of winter, here.
New Yorkers insist that the only true weather predicting groundhog is their own Staten Island Chuck with a 77 percent accuracy rate.