Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths center holds Punxsutawney Phil

February 2 is when groundhog Punxsutawney Phil announces if we'll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Legend has it that Phil is the only Pennsylvania groundhog to have predicted winter's length, though the lifespan of a groundhog is around just six years. And while Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather-predicting groundhog, he is not the only one. "Groundhog Day is something you can only find in our commonwealth, and we're honored to share Phil's prediction with visitors, residents, and the millions of families watching from their homes".

For a groundhog, Phil is surprisingly accurate. That could mean Phil won't see his shadow, which would mean we are in for an early spring.

The world's most famous groundhog, woke up and announced an early spring at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA. Since 1887, Phil's winter prognostication has only been correct 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac's data.

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In New York, Brown made an immediate impact on the field and in the locker room. "He has such a special soul", he explained. And then the one against Pittsburgh later, we were down 10 at halftime, took the lead with two minutes to go in the game.

The Groundhog Day website explains: "After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle)".

Groundhog Day has its roots in an early Christian celebration known as Candlemas Day, which marked the point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. When German settlers arrived in the United States, they brought the tradition with them, swapping hedgehogs for groundhogs.

'If I were you I'd go out and buy swimsuits, ' he told the crowd after waking up Phil just after 7.27am.

The 1993 film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, gave world fame to the groundhog Phil, but he's not the only weather marmot. Since then, the quirky tradition has ballooned into a multi-day spectacle for the town.

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