Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, six more weeks of winter

Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil?

Last year, Phil saw his shadow, prompting a continued winter but animal meteorologists across the across the country disagreed.

Phil's keepers reported his weather prediction Friday morning on the US observance of "Groundhog Day".

Interestingly enough, out of all his predictions since 1887, Phil has only seen his shadow 18 times.

What does that mean?

While groundhogs and other critters make similar predictions across the nation on Groundhog Day, it is Phil's that is followed the most closely.

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

He's a beloved rodent who averages about 40 percent on the accuracy scale when it comes to predicting the weather. I think it was the coldest temperature I had ever stood in, but the fun of it all kept me warm and smiling well after Phil made his prediction. During prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn't allowed to have the hard stuff.

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The average lifespan of a groundhog is six years, but legend has it that Punxsutawney Phil is over 130 years old. More of Phil's past predictions (link is external)(link is external) are also available from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. "Groundhog Day became insane after 1993, when the movie of the same name came out", she said.

When German immigrants settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s they brought the Candlemas tradition with them.

No one can talk to a horse, of course - or a groundhog. After that, Phil tells the group's president his prediction, it is relayed to the crowd, and then it's back to eating granola bars and corn until next year. In Europe people celebrated Candlemas Day, an early Christian holiday involving candles. As it seems to do every year, Sky Movies is celebrating the day by taking a day out of Sky Cinema Comedy channel's usual schedule and playing the film on a loop.

Phil's prognostication, which was delivered at about 7:20 am EST, was met with a mix of cheers and groans from thousands of revelers on Friday who gathered in the town of Punxsutawney about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Earlier this week, the groundhog posted that he was "waking up from hibernation".

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