Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

The congressman then pivoted to his first month in Washington during the shutdown: "I had to spend a lot of time in D.C. dealing with a lot of trivial, absurd, childish human beings, so it's great to be up here to figure out whether a furry animal is going to bring us an early spring".

Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter weather 104 times while forecasting an early spring just 19 times in the 133-year history of Groundhog Day.

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. As Data from the Stormfax Almanac shows, Phil's predictions have been right a whopping 39 percent of the time.


For a groundhog, Phil is surprisingly accurate.

Groundhog Day still not making sense? If the skies were clear, it meant an extended winter was in the forecast.

Rose applauded Staten Islanders for supporting the U.S. Coast Guard, FBI and TSA - three of several federal agencies impacted during the 35-day ordeal - and added the government "failed you with this shutdown". Pennsylvania German settlers pulled the tradition from European weather lore that used the appearance of hibernators, like badgers, as a sign it was time to prepare for spring.


Punxsutawney Groundhog Club records date back to 1887.

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct.

'If I were you I'd go out and buy swimsuits, ' he told the crowd after waking up Phil just after 7.27am.


1886 was the first recorded year that Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, according to the local newspaper. The president of this group is the individual who gets the privilege of hearing Phil's prediction in "Groundhogese" and translating it for the public.

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