Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

The groundhog has seen his shadow 104 times and has not only 18 times in the past between 1887 and 2018.

Preparations for Groundhog Day 2019 began back on February 3, 2018 - right after Punxsutawney Phil issued his forecast of six more weeks of winter for that year.

The following year brought the first official trek to Gobbler's Knob to get Phil's prediction.

Famous Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil during the 2018 predictions
Famous Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil during the 2018 predictions

If, however, it sees a cloudy day, then spring will come early.

Due to the fact that annual weather trends can vary across the USA each year, there are discrepancies between sources regarding Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy. according to Stormfax Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil boasts only a 39% success rate, whereas Accuweather puts it at around 80%.

Punxsutawney Phil greeted festival-goers with some good news on Saturday morning when the world's most famous groundhog predicted an early Spring after not seeing his shadow. He's been able to live so long by drinking from the "elixir of life" which gives him seven more years of life every time he drinks it, and ensures that he'll be able to continue making weather predictions for plenty of years to come! It's a. sequel? To Groundhog Day? If not, spring comes early.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.

The annual event began in 1886, when a spirited group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" and proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog.

The groundhog tradition stems from the German tradition and other similar beliefs associated with Candlemas Day (February 2) and the days of early Christians in Europe.

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