Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Bringing 6 More Weeks Of Winter

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Bringing 6 More Weeks Of Winter

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Bringing 6 More Weeks Of Winter

On Friday morning, Punxsutawney Phil popped out in Pennsylvania and delivered his annual prediction for when winter will end: after seeing his shadow, he proclaimed six more frigid weeks of cold. "Someone has to nominate you and then you need to be approved by a Groundhog Day committee". Through his long-lived life, which is aided by his favorite drink of "Groundhog Punch", Phil has only predicted an early Spring 18 times.

On this holiday, clear skies meant a longer winter.

Tradition says that if the groundhog doesn't see its shadow, spring is right around the corner.

Potomac Phil's predictions are based on a different method, given that he's an animal preserved by a taxidermist. Mayor de Blasio famously dropped the Staten Island groundhog during the 2014 ceremony.

What is Groundhog Day? They celebrated Groundhog Day with groundhog cookies, of course, and music. The roots can be traced back to an Ancient Christian Tradition called Candlemas Day.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle - a group of men who organize the event and care for groundhog Phil - brought Punxsutawney Phil out of his den in front of a large crowd as cameras beamed his image around the world.

Another groundhog, Balzac Billy, hails from Balzac, Alberta, in Canada.

Real long-range forecasters with the National Weather Service say they're getting better at predicting long-term trends, though.

Staten Island Chuck informed residents of NY that there would be an early spring.

It's February 2, also known as Groundhog Day.

What is the history of Groundhog Day?

Germans used a badger to predict the weather but when the tradition came to the U.S., a groundhog was used.

Lore suggests this odd gathering at Gobbler's Knob began in 1887 when German immigrants modified traditions from their homeland. People have been gathering at the same spot ever since.

"Up early this morning". Given Phil's percentages, this is controversial.

The event now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. It has a population of less than 6,000 and was founded in 1818.

The Oklahoma City Zoo holds a Groundhog Day observance every year, but they don't have any groundhogs so they use grizzly bears Will and Wiley. On top of only having to work one day a year, he starred in the 1993 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day, and has even met celebrities like Ronald Reagan and Oprah Winfrey.

He and his news team get caught in a blizzard and must stay in town overnight.

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