Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

The world's most famous groundhog, woke up and announced an early spring at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.

Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog we let decide our seasons for us, is officially predicting an early spring.

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

Phil's prediction - which came just days after plummeting temperatures across the country claimed at least 21 lives - should be taken with a grain of salt.

However, that doesn't mean that many across the country aren't holding out for Phil to be right this year especially those in Chicago, where temperatures dipped to -21 degrees last week, according to The Chicago Tribune.

In 1886, Groundhog Day first appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper, but there is no record of his prediction.

How accurate has the groundhog been?

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Phil made his 133rd recorded appearance on Saturday.

Groundhog Day still not making sense? On that day, superstition held that if it were sunny and clear, a long winter was expected.

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German settlers brought the tradition to the USA. with an added twist. The Pennsylvanian German folk had to work with their surroundings, and so they decided on the groundhog to replace the traditional European animals.

Punxsutawney Phil is protected and cared for by the Groundhog Club.

The 1993 film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, gave world fame to the groundhog Phil, but he's not the only weather marmot.

If you can't be there to watch Phil's prediction in person, you can live stream it here.

  • Sonia Alvarado