Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Doesn't See His Shadow, Signaling Early Spring

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Doesn't See His Shadow, Signaling Early Spring

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Doesn't See His Shadow, Signaling Early Spring

Of course, more cold is fictionally guaranteed if Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, wakes to see his shadow this Saturday around 7:25 a.m.at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.

Phil was not the only groundhog who predicted spring would come early. Since 1988, the national average temperature in the U.S.

Punxsutawney Phil is quite the celebrity on February 2, but during the rest of the year, he fulfills his job as being an attraction for locals.

In 1886, Groundhog Day first appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper, but there is no record of his prediction.

As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week's risky Arctic blast, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around.

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Regardless of this year's prediction, it may be worth noting that despite his reputation Punxsutawney Phil does not have the strongest track record for accurately predicting the weather.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.

Not to dash spring-lovers dreams - Punxsuatawney Phil's accuracy is only around 39% to 40% over the past 133 years. On that day, superstition held that if it were sunny and clear, a long winter was expected. Pennsylvania German settlers pulled the tradition from European weather lore that used the appearance of hibernators, like badgers, as a sign it was time to prepare for spring.

According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club traces the introduction of the animal to Germany, where people initially using hedgehogs as the hibernating mammal of choice.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts the main Groundhog Day event in the town.

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