Science Vs. The Groundhog

Molly Bobik, Staff

While Groundhog Day is a fun event that the entire United States loves to take part in, there is really no scientific evidence proving that the rodent’s prediction is correct. Sorry Phil, but you’ve only been write about 30 percent of the time.

This year, meteorologists are fighting against Phil’s prognosis of six more weeks of winter. Although we have experienced a colder than average winter in Western Pennsylvania, meteorologist are saying that this cold snap will not last much longer and Pennsylvania can expect a near average temperatures this spring.

As the U.S. entered into this winter, it was experiencing a weakened form of La Niña. This meteorological phase is known to cause cooler weather, which it certainly did for many areas of the U.S. As the spring season rolls around, La Niña is believed to weaken and allow some warmer weather to creep in behind it.

Not all areas are in the clear for an early spring unfortunately. Although weak, La Niña will continue to bring winter weather to areas in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Planes, and the Rocky Mountains.While people in places along the southeast coast, will be shedding their layers and soaking in the rays.

Even though the weathermen are not always right, they do have a success rate of 70 percent when constructing the spring forecast. You decide who you will believe.