Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

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

Groundhog Day 2019 Prediction: Will Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow?

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

A proclamation will be read aloud that determines if Phil has seen his shadow (meaning six more weeks of winter) or hasn't, which purportedly means an early spring.

And of course, there's always the Bill Murray classic move "Groundhog Day" if you need a refresher course. Yes, Groundhog Day is most certainly an odd tradition, but it's our tradition nonetheless.

Each year on February 2, America turns its attention to a town called Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to find out when winter will be over. Just roll with it and celebrate Groundhog Day like a professional with all the facts below. 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. The festivities begin at 3 a.m.in Punxsutawney, a borough 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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According to The Weather Channel, Saturday will likely be cloudy and cold in Punxsutawney.

"This is the largest crowd I've ever seen on Groundhog Day in the history of Groundhog Day", the emcee said to the audience. Good thing, considering how our winter weather has been lately. The answer is determined by a group of top-hatted men, who consult a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, dubbed the "seer of seers".

It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the US thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Since 1887, Phil's winter prognostication has only been correct 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac's data. "Phil! Phil!" to wake up the sleepy groundhog. Not bad for a groundhog.

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