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

April FrancisFeb 03, 2019

And while Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather-predicting groundhog, he is not the only one.

'I saw Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day.

Phil left his burrow around 6:25 a.m. where he observed the weather conditions and looked for his shadow, then made his prediction for the remainder of winter. His New York counterpart, Staten Island Chuck, also predicted an early spring.

Jeff Lundy from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club welcomed the largest crowd ever seen on Groundhog Day Saturday as the country learned spring was on the way.

How accurate has the groundhog been?

So did the groundhog see his shadow?

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"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. TIME tested the accuracy of various groundhogs based on their ability to predict the weather of their relative geographic area.

Fans wore custom-made balloon hats as they celebrated the 133rd Groundhog Day. Just roll with it and celebrate Groundhog Day like a professional with all the facts below. Since 1887, Phil's winter prognostication has only been correct 39 percent of the time, according to Stormfax Almanac's data. Alternately, a cloudy day meant an early spring.

German settlers brought the tradition to the United States. with an added twist.

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

According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club traces the introduction of the animal to Germany, where people initially using hedgehogs as the hibernating mammal of choice.

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