WGN’s Tim McGill: ‘Meteorologists Dread Groundhog Day’

By Merrill Knox Comment

If you’re disappointed about the impending six more weeks of winter — predicted this morning by Punxutawney Phil — WGN meteorologist Tim McGill wants you to know the truth about Groundhog Day.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to launch a preemptive strike by whacking the weasel with some facts about his forecasts,” McGill wrote on the WGN weather blog. “Most meteorologists dread Groundhog Day.”

McGill, who has been a meteorologist for 26 years, says the groundhog is accurate in his prediction just 39% of the time. “Punxutawney Phil is a punk when it comes to weather forecasting,” McGill wrote. “We may as well ask a giraffe for stock picks, he could probably be just as accurate.”

[h/t Chicago Tribune]