Groundhog Day: She was in the thick of things

Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil?

US Groundhog to Make Annual Weather Forecast

Soon we'll know the fate of this winter.

While the average groundhog weighs around 12 to 15 pounds, Punxsutawney Phil weighs 20 pounds. What does it mean?

The Pennsylvania groundhog emerged from his burrow Friday morning to make his annual prediction on how long the North American winter will last.

The Groundhog Day celebration started when Germans - Pennsylvania's earliest settlers - introduced Candlemas Day, a Christian holiday celebrated on February 2, to the state. Thirty four of the 54 years he predicted more winter we had above average temperatures following the big day.

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Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced on Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow. After that, Phil tells the group's president his prediction, it is relayed to the crowd, and then it's back to eating granola bars and corn until next year. Here are five things about Groundhog Day.

Out on Staten Island, Chuck the groundhog predicted an early spring. For those keeping track, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times but like most forecasters, he's not always right.

The family members had already been to see Punxsutawney Phil, but wanted to go to a more family-friendly Groundhog Day event this year, she said, adding there had been more drinking at the Pennsylvania town's festivities.

- Groundhog Day is on February 2nd each year and is a day when people gather in various towns across the country to see if a rodent sees it's shadow.

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Legend has it if a furry rodent, affectionately known as Punxsutawney Phil, casts a shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, expect six more weeks of winter-like weather.

The four-legged creature only has a 39 percent accuracy, according to Stormfax Almanac's data.

"What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?"

Would you believe an animal's prediction for the weather?

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The freaky tradition of asking groundhogs what they think about the arrival of spring weather is an imported idea from Germany, where they originally used European badgers for the task.

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