Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

On Saturday morning, the famous groundhog awoke at sunrise to celebrate Groundhog Day and did not see his shadow.

Perhaps getting a little too ahead of himself, another member of Phil's Inner Circle held up a sign reading, "Get out your swimsuits".

On Groundhog Day people around the world watch famous groundhogs predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. He was not able to see his shadow.

How accurate are Punxsutawney Phil's predictions? Since 1887, Phil's winter prognostication has only been correct 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac's data.

But there's more to Phil than meets the eye. "Phil! Phil!" to wake up the sleepy groundhog.


Chattanooga Chuck, a distant cousin of our friend Phil, will make a similar, if less opulent, appearance Saturday morning at 10:30am at the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey lobby.

Why is Groundhog Day a thing?

The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. There is a bit of a thaw ahead in the US, according to the Weather Channel, but more freezing temperatures loom in the coming weeks as well, and it seems like winter is far from over. The Pennsylvanian German folk had to work with their surroundings, and so they decided on the groundhog to replace the traditional European animals.

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

"There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis", the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information states on its website. "All hail groundhog supremacy", the Inner Circle president said, as Phil was presented to the crowd.


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