SAN DIEGO -- Punxsutawney Phil climbed from his burrow for his 126th prognostication Thursday morning in front of on-lookers only to see his shadow which means six more weeks of winter.
If you were to take a look back at Phil's track record you might be surprised. Phil's groundhog forecast has only been right 39 percent of the time, according to one study.
In this case, residents of San Diego County hope that Phil is right, because the winter weather has been just about perfect.
"Last weekend, we went hiking at Torrey Pines and then we laid out on the beach," said
San Diego resident Tori Mullens.
What happened to winter-like weather in San Diego? November started off with a bang and brought in above average rainfall at Lindbergh Field.
Then, the jet stream took a nose dive southward and brought cold air with it in December. Some really cold overnight lows were felt across San Diego County in the first two and a half weeks.
In the month of January, San Diego's weather pattern shifted, high pressure took over.
"We started to roll around into a warmer period to end the year. January was a really
nice month overall. We were below average rainfall wise and were above average temperature wise," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Moede.