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Bundle Up: Punxsutawney Phil Has Predicted Six More Weeks of Winter

04 February 2018

It's a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog-named Punxsutawney Phil-comes out of its burrow on February 2 and sees a shadow due to clear weather, he will go back underground for another six weeks of winter. Through the years, other locations across the country have their own animal prognosticators, from Staten Island Chuck, another groundhog, which predicted an early spring this year, according to the New York Daily News. The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club don their top hats and tuxedoes and gather at Gobbler's Knob to await the furry forecast.

Punxsutawney is where Groundhog Day originated on february 2, 1886, and is where a ceremony is held every year.

Sussex County is home, at Space Farms, to weather-predicting groundhog Stonewall Jackson V who comes from a long line of oracular groundhogs- all named Stonewall Jackson. But once a year on Groundhog Day - for 132 years now - Phil is transported to a den at Gobbler's Knob, where crowds of thousands descend upon the area at sunrise to see what he foretells for the season ahead.

As a broadcast meteorologist, however, I should point out that Phil and his handlers don't seem to play by the rule book.

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Over the past 30 years, Phil was right 14 times.

Every year, if the rodent sees its shadow, then it will retreat back to its burrow and winter will continue, according to legend.

The tradition grew in popularity in 1993 with the release of the comedy "Groundhog Day", starring Bill Murray.

Groundhog Day has been a tradition that has been recognized in the United States and Canada since 1887.

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World famous Punxsutawney Phil, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, also predicted more winter.

Punxitawney Phil's accuracy rate is around 39 percent. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, so you know what that means.

"Unfortunately, there have been years where the president has misinterpreted what Phil said", Ploucha told PennLive in 2017.

Groundhog Day is said to come from a European tradition called "Candlemas".

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There is a distinct connection between Groundhog Day and Candlemas.

Bundle Up: Punxsutawney Phil Has Predicted Six More Weeks of Winter