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Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Forecasts Early Spring

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Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil Forecasts Early Spring

In the midst of a historic cold snap, Groundhog Day brought good news this year, as Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring.

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The Groundhog Day traditions were observed as usual in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Saturday, despite the temperature of 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Phil saw his shadow, indicating there'd be six more weeks of winter, while Chuck didn't encounter his.

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. If he doesn't see its shadow, spring will arrive soon. Since there were so many groundhogs in the area, they began to use them instead of the European hedgehogs. Not so, say the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle who affirm that the marmot is always right and any misunderstanding is due to a human error. The people in the know will then translate Phil's response for thousands of viewers. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring. Historically, his success rate is at around 40%. Chuck's accuracy is at a much more impressive 82%.

1886 was the first recorded year that Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, according to the local newspaper. They also whistle when searching for a female groundhog, giving the creatures the nickname of "whistle pigs".

If you want to do some of your own Groundhog Day celebrating over on this side of the pond, you're in luck, because Sky Cinema is aptly showing the film Groundhog Day on a loop from 6am until 11:30pm.

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