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Groundhog Doesn't See His Shadow, Predicting Early Spring

Groundhog Doesn't See His Shadow, Predicting Early Spring

Each year on February 2, America turns its attention to a town called Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to find out when winter will be over.

On Groundhog Day people around the world watch famous groundhogs predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. As silly as it all may sound, the ceremonial tradition goes back to 1886, and has maintained an enduring cultural legacy. He was not able to see his shadow.

If you were hoping for an early spring, you can breathe a sigh of relief. It is only the 19th time out of the 123 recorded appearances that Phil has seen his shadow, the York Daily Record reported.

The news came in at around 7:30 this morning, when the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club aroused the prognosticating groundhog from his slumber inside the ceremonial hovel on Gobbler's Knob.

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.

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Even if Phil's prediction turns out to be inaccurate, the weather is expected to warm up during the weekend.

The groundhog has seen his shadow 103 times, making predictions of long winters more common. And the accuracy of his predictions is below 40 percent.

While the exact calculations are disputed, IFC's Simon Gallagher estimates Bill Murray's character in the classic film "Groundhog Day" relived the day 12,403 days - that's 33 years and 358 days! Just roll with it and celebrate Groundhog Day like a professional with all the facts below. Alternately, a cloudy day meant an early spring.

Punxsutawney Phil is protected and cared for by the Groundhog Club. It was then that a newspaper editor who happened to be a part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Punxsutawney Phil was America's only true weather-forecasting groundhog.

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