Punxsutawney Phil says spring is on the way

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right

Since the first Groundhog Day in 1887, the groundhog has called for a longer winter a whopping 104 times compared to just 19 in favor of an early spring.

Just when you thought the holidays were over, Groundhog Day rolls around again to remind you that, somewhere out there, a bunch of people have flocked to a small town in Pennsylvania to wait for a large rodent to predict the weather.

Phil was not the only groundhog who predicted spring would come early.

Mother Nature hadn't been all that kind to the region as Groundhog Day approached.

According to tradition, if he sees his shadow, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole.

If he would have saw his shadow, winter would last for another six weeks. The news arrived on Saturday, which marks Groundhog Day in 2019.

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Phil made his 133rd recorded appearance on Saturday.

But Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous, as well as a supporting character in the popular Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day". The annual event began in 1886, when a spirited group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" and proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog.

Other towns have their own groundhog mascots as well, including Birmingham Bill in Alabama and Staten Island Chuck in NY.

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Not to dash spring-lovers dreams - Punxsuatawney Phil's accuracy is only around 39% to 40% over the past 133 years. His predictions were wrong in both 2017 and 2018.

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