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Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

03 February 2019, 01:11 | Tara Lloyd

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The Groundhog Day 2019 results are in, and with extremely cold temperatures polar vortex-ing across much of the U.S., they could not have come at a better time.

Groundhog Day is Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

Punxsutawney Phil is quite the celebrity on February 2, but during the rest of the year, he fulfills his job as being an attraction for locals.

In the midst of a historic cold snap, Groundhog Day brought good news this year, as Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring.

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The groundhog has seen his shadow 104 times and has not only 18 times in the past between 1887 and 2018. However, if he didn't see it then an early spring (and warmer temperatures) were on the way.

The freaky history of Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1887, when, for the first time, people took weather advice from a rodent at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, History.com explained.

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct. "Phil! Phil!" to wake up the sleepy groundhog.

Due to the fact that annual weather trends can vary across the US each year, there are discrepancies between sources regarding Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy. according to Stormfax Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil boasts only a 39% success rate, whereas Accuweather puts it at around 80%.

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Each year, Americans wait with bated breath to learn from a groundhog if spring will come sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, N.C.is 68% accurate, and Unadilla Bill of Unadilla Neb.is even better, claiming an impressive 83% accuracy rate.

The origins of Groundhog Day date back to the early days of Christianity in Europe, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. Alternately, a cloudy day meant an early spring. "All hail groundhog supremacy", the Inner Circle president said, as Phil was presented to the crowd.

In Punxsutawney, 1886 marked the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the local newspaper.

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