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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts More Winter on Groundhog Day 2021

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PUNXSUTAWNEY PA- FEBRUARY 2 Punxsutawney Phil the weather forecasting groundhog is presented to the crowd during the annual Groundhog Day event at Gobbler's Knob

The tradition derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow and sees its shadow, due to the clear weather, it will retreat back and winter will persist for six more weeks.

Also, and more importantly, "Groundhog Day" is a 1993 movie starring Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray, directed by Harold Ramis (R.I.P.to a legend) in which Bill Murray is a weatherman who must relive the same day over and over again, and that day is Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day - specifically February 2 - traces its roots back to an ancient celebration of the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Wake Up With Cheddar breaks down the traditions of the holiday, as well as Punxsutawney Phil's prediction for this season.

This year, Phil, as in many years in the past, will be giving his forecast during a major snowstorm that is hitting the entire northeast of the US.

"People have been referencing Groundhog Day".

On Tuesday morning, the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil spotted its shadow in Punxsutawney, predicting another month and a half of winter - for the benefit of those who trust the prediction made by a large rodent. "What a hype", Bill Murray said as weatherman Phil Connors in "Groundhog Day". Groundhog Day has its roots within Christianity and has been celebrated in the USA for nearly 200 years.

PUNXSUTAWNEY PA- FEBRUARY 2 Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil while members of the Inner Circle read the proclamation after Phil did not see his shadow predicting an early spring during the 125th annual Groundhog Day fes
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So yeah, Groundhog Day 2021 is pretty much spot-on.

Then Phil - assisted by an inner circle of organisers - will emerge at dawn, either to find his shadow or not. The annual ceremony occurs in Pennsylvania, and this year was bad news.

Cardboard cutouts of groundhog enthusiasts decorate Gobbler's Knob for the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

'This was truly disappointing that it was not done live.,' Daria Petraglia said under the Facebook video. German settlers in North America brought the tradition with them, and the badger was replaced by the groundhog. Some days it might not feel like it or you might not believe it, but today actually is Groundhog Day. Ten years were lost because no records were kept.

The Associated Press reported this story.

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