Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Zoological Society President William J. Frew speaking during the annual Groundhog Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo West Brighton

Zoological Society President William J. Frew speaking during the annual Groundhog Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo West Brighton

If he sees his shadow, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning in Pennsylvania. Since 1988, the national average temperature in the U.S. His New York counterpart, Staten Island Chuck, also predicted an early spring.

As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week's unsafe Arctic blast, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around. "Phil! Phil!" to wake up the sleepy groundhog.

Legend has it that Phil is the only Pennsylvania groundhog to have predicted winter's length, though the lifespan of a groundhog is around just six years.

Groundhog Day goes back over a hundred years, and it is one of winter's most wholesome traditions.




Despite Phil and other groundhogs' predictions of an early spring, meteorologists said the groundhogs do not have an advantage in predicting the weather during the past few years. According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, the iconic creature's predictions are only 39 percent accurate.

Born of a winter festival called Candlemas Day, the celebration found churchgoers bringing candles to be blessed.

German settlers brought the tradition to the United States. with an added twist. It was then that a newspaper editor who happened to be a part of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club declared that Punxsutawney Phil was America's only true weather-forecasting groundhog.

How can I watch Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2019? Some of the events listed on the schedule include chain saw carving demos, a screening of the film Groundhog Day, the "Gobbler's Knob Got Talent" talent show and the Groundhog Ball, to name a few.

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