Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

Hugh Fox
February 3, 2019

The 1993 film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, gave world fame to the groundhog Phil, but he's not the only weather marmot.

The day derives from an old Germanic tale that each year a groundhog will poke its head up out of its den.

Just past year, many were upset with the groundhog when he predicted six more weeks of winter.

Should he not see his shadow, we will have an early spring.

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The world's most famous groundhog, woke up and announced an early spring at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.

These Pennsylvanian groundhogs enjoyed quiet lives until 1887, when a groundhog-hunting newspaper editor declared that Punxsutawney's groundhog Phil was the nation's only "true" weather-forecasting groundhog.

Saturday was the 133rd annual trek of the Punxsutawney Ground Club to Gobbler's Knob. However, if he didn't see it then an early spring (and warmer temperatures) were on the way.

In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially stated that Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill".

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While Punxsutawney Phil may be the most notable groundhog, he's not the only one, as other municipalities have adopted their own version of the prognosticating rodent.

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According to the Groundhog Day Web site, the Groundhog Day celebration began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers.

Will Phil predict six more weeks of winter?

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In the event, winter continued longer than six weeks, with a nor'easter slamming New York City on March 21, 2018. By 7:16 a.m., Phil's followers were receiving word from the Inner Circle Vice President Jeff Lundy that they were (unofficially) a part of the largest Groundhog Day crowd ever.

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