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Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow; six more weeks of winter

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February 2,2018
the staff of the Ridgewood

Punxsutawney PA, Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most famous groundhog, and foremost weather rodent saw his shadow Friday morning, predicting six more weeks of winter.

With Groundhog Day festivities well underway in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the groundhog known as Phil saw his shadow Friday morning, which, according to legend, means another six weeks of winter.

The 20-pound groundhog’s predictions have been accurate 39 percent of the time since the first Groundhog Day in 1887, according to Phil has done slightly better in recent years, getting the forecast right 46 percent of the time since 1988.

However the average weather man or women prediction fairs far worse predicting 25 or the last 6 snow storms .

Jason Vigorito gives us some history (I’m biased on this one since it’s my hometown!) On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. In 1993, the movie “Groundhog Day”, starring Bill Murray, popularized the usage of “groundhog day” to mean something that is repeated over and over. Today, tens of thousands of people converge on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney each February 2 to witness Phil’s prediction. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three-day celebration featuring entertainment and activities. Also as a sidenote, the Punxsutawney Area School District is the only district to have the day off as a holiday, since most of the students played hooky anyway before the policy went into effect.

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Weather, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Federal Communications Commission“Be Smart: Alerts and Warnings” guide


December 31,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Paramus NJ, we picked this up form the Paramus Office of Emergency Management . You may not be near a TV or radio to find out when severe weather is approaching. Learn the different ways you can get alerts and warnings by using the “Be Smart: Alerts and Warnings” guide.

Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. Local police and fire departments, emergency managers, the National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private industry are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community. For those with access and functional needs, many messages are TTY/TDD compatible and many devices have accessible accommodations. Review this fact sheet to make sure you will receive critical information as soon as possible so you can take action to be safe. Be sure to share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues. And remember to keep extra batteries for your mobile phone or radio in a safe place or consider purchasing other back-up power supplies such as a car, solar-powered, or hand crank charger.