At 'the Punxsutawney in Philadelphia,' Groundhog Day starts with beer for breakfast

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Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019 –

It is only the 19th time out of the 123 recorded appearances that Phil has seen his shadow, the York Daily Record reported.

Members of the "Inner Circle" announced the furry rodent's official "forecast" around 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Gobbler's Knob.

According to lore, that means an early spring is expected this year.

Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his hole and has made his yearly prediction.

Groundhogs have been making their predictions every February 2 since 1887, but they haven't been very reliable, frankly.

"... Your cheers at The Knob really give me a thrill and everyone singing to the world "Phil, Phil, Phil" but predicting the weather, that's my song".

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

Not to dash spring-lovers dreams - Punxsuatawney Phil's accuracy is only around 39% to 40% over the past 133 years.

Groundhog Day has its roots in an early Christian celebration known as Candlemas Day, which marked the point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. This, his male handlers in top hats dramatically said, signals an early start to spring and an end to winter.

The event is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada on February 2 and this year marks the 133rd Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania.

Their chosen groundhog is called Punxsutawney Phil, and he will be looked after throughout the year by a select group called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, who also plan the annual ceremony. And Groundhog Day, the 1993 film, is such a wonderful, well-told story.

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