Groundhog Day groundhog predicts six weeks of winter in Gobblers Knob

Punxsutawney Phil Season Prediction Winter Shadow Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Phil Season Prediction Winter Shadow Pennsylvania

If he does, it means at least six more weeks of winter.

Besides being totally cute, the world's most famous groundhog-Punxsutawney Phil-is quite the character.

The origins of this forecast folklore aren't completely clear, but most theories tie this tradition back to the old Christian holiday of Candlemas Day.

Leading up to the event, the odds were that Phil would see his shadow. At the Groundhog Day celebration, Phil's official handler, a member of this tuxedo-and-top-hat-wearing group, pulls the oversized squirrel from his stump and lifts him above the packed crowd.

At the Staten Island Zoo In New York, Staten Island Chuck had a difference of opinion with Phil.

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The mayor was asked after all this time, why does Groundhog Day continue to have such a wide appeal?.

If it does not see its shadow, spring will arrive soon.

But there are plenty of unusual customs that go on behind the scenes of the February 2 tradition, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 131st annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2017 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. "Is it an early spring or just more snow", the proclamation read. After coming out of his burrow on Groundhog Day 2018, the critter has determined whether we'll have a longer winter or early spring. Although Phil makes a prediction every year, ten years are missing from the record.

The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper is credited with printing the news of the first observance in 1886: "Today is groundhog day, and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen his shadow'". So how do you know what to look for if you are hoping for an early spring? But when they moved to Pennsylvania, they found another creature to take its place. Germans based upon the convention by looking to the hedgehog as an indicator of climate, the legend goes, and German pilgrims in Pennsylvania later changed to the groundhog. Check out the original article at: Subscribe for more awesome content! Since 1988, the groundhog was "right" 14 times and "wrong" 16 times.

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