Groundhog Day 2017: Phil says '6 more weeks of Winter' but meteorologists say early Spring
Early this morning, Punxsutawney Phil crawled out of his hole and gave the world his annual weather prediction--6 more weeks of winter. It's not clear on how exactly he saw his shadow considering thick cloud cover and snow showers loomed over Punxsutawney, PA. However, his prediction comes as no surprise because Phil sees his shadow more often than not. Since the beginning of Phil's meteorology career in 1887, he has seen his shadow 102 times while predicting 18 early Springs. So just how accurate are his forecasts? Not very. The National Climatic Data Center conducted a study and found that the groundhog was only right 39% of the time. Considering he has a 50/50 shot, his track record isn't the best.
Meteorologists, however, are singing a different tune than Phil this morning. Here in Green Country we ended January on a very warm note. We made it into the 70s seven times in Tulsa in January with the warmest day being January 11th at 78 degrees. Look for above normal temperatures throughout February too. In fact, the monthly outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows above normal temperatures for a majority of the country. Despite the cold weather we have here in Green Country today, we'll be back into the 70's by the beginning of next week.
Further to the South, leaves are starting to turn green ahead of schedule.
Despite the fact that our weather pattern looks fairly warm and dry, it doesn't mean that we can't still see snow. We know how it goes in Oklahoma, all it takes is one big storm to get a lot of snow.