Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter

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"Six more weeks of Winter to go!"

Punxsutawney Phil's handlers are set to announce at sunrise Friday what kind of weather they say the rodent is predicting for the rest of winter.

Groundhog Day stems from the European holiday known as Candlemas, a Christian "festival of lights" in the bleak midwinter of february 2. This year marked the 132nd ceremony, which brought visitors from around the world. If our furry friend doesn't see his shadow, spring will arrive soon. Thousands of people travel to Punsxutawney annually to witness Phil's Groundhog Day weather forecast.

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The first actual trek to Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day started in 1887 and it's continued every year since. If Phil, though, does not see his shadow, it means that an early spring is coming, according to the Allentown Morning Call.

Over the years Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, whose full name is "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary", has grown into a household name.

It's a century-old tradition that people can't get enough of-Punxsutawney Phil, the United States' most famous groundhog, comes out of hibernation on February 2 and forecasts the weather for the six weeks to follow.

The Groundhog Day legend states that, if Phil sees his shadow, it will send him running back into his burrow...because a longer winter is on the way. Comparing his predictions to the following six weeks of national temperatures, Phil was correct 45 percent of the time.

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Last year, Phil saw his shadow, and in its history, he has only failed to see his shadow 18 times. If not, we're in for an early spring.

A rare misstep in 2013, when Woody incorrectly forecast an early spring, prompted an apology from the MI mammal. But when they moved to Pennsylvania, they found another creature to take its place.

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The prediction, Griffiths says, is right every time.

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