Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees 6 more weeks of winter

The mainstream furry foreteller of the weather, Punxsutawney Phil, will poke his head out Friday and if he sees his shadow, we may be in for more of that snowmaggedon weather, as the legend goes. Like he has for the past 131 years, Punxsutawney Phil kicked off Groundhog Day by emerging from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at sunrise to determine what kind of weather we'll experience over the next few months.

In the town of Punxsutawney, Groundhog Day starts long before the clock turns one tick past 11:59 p.m. on February 1. But he's always popular. In 2016, Phil accurately predicted an early spring.

In the event that Phil didn't see his shadow, it would have been a late-winter.

There doesn't appear to be much "science" behind either groundhog's predictions, just folklore and fun.

Groundhogs, portly animals belonging to the squirrel family, have been offering weather predictions in Punxsutawney, which has a population of about 6,000 people, since 1887.

Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck aren't the only marmot weather forecasters in North America. Although Phil makes a prediction every year, ten years are missing from the record.

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Phil (or Phils) has enjoyed his celebrity status throughout the years, visiting President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., in 1986, Oprah Winfrey in Chicago in 1995 and Regis Philbin, CBS and CNN in New York City in 2001. The Marion-based whistlepig called for an early spring from 2010 to 2015. Far from home. Are you searching for the Phil-osopher's stone?

Before the hibernating groundhogs were put on a pedestal, people would watch the bears to see if they were staying out around this time of year. After all, Phil's not making the news, he's just reporting it!

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Groundhog Day was immortalized by the iconic 1993 Bill Murray movie of the same name. Phil may choose to spend some of his endless days memorizing Jeopardy! questions and learning to throw playing cards into a hat, but he also becomes a master ice sculptor, a concert-level pianist and an aficionado of romantic French poetry.

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