Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter

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

Groundhog Day: 6 More Weeks Of Winter Or Early Spring?

Six more weeks of winter is unwelcome news for most of the US. He says there are many pretenders, but Phil is the only real weather-forecasting groundhog in the world. Weeks of preparation go into carrying out the events surrounding Punxsutawney Phil's annual prognostication, and hours are poured into the final few days ahead of welcoming thousands of guests to town.

After all, as meteorologists are quick to point out, Groundhog Day is based entirely on superstition.

Mayor de Blasio famously dropped the Staten Island groundhog during the 2014 ceremony, and it died weeks later.

With the community's help, we can make sure the children of our region aren't burrowed on the couch day after day this summer acting like grouchy groundhogs.

Sir Walter Wally in Raleigh, North Carolina was correct in 68 percent of his region when he did not see his shadow a year ago.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts a three-day celebration featuring entertainment and activities.

Groundhog Day predictions put Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on the map because every February 2 the town's namesake groundhog emerges from his burrow to make his scheduled appearance. After coming out of his burrow on Groundhog Day 2018, the critter has determined whether we'll have a longer winter or early spring.

It should be an early spring this year after the furry local favorite did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day. "He issued this proclamation on Candlemas, and yes, Groundhog Day". Donated by Miss Pixie's Furnishings & Whatnot, Potomac Phil makes two predictions every year: one about the advent of spring, and the other about the political climate. Will there be an early spring?

2018 marks the 132nd year that Phil has cast his meteorological prediction, and the Groundhog Day website maintains that only one groundhog (who usually live from six to eight years) has held ever held the title. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal-the hedgehog-as a means of predicting weather.

1993 - Columbia Pictures releases the movie, "Groundhog Day", starring Bill Murray. Murray, who plays a weatherman in the film, gets trapped in a time warp and has to relive the day over and over again until he gets it right.

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