Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

by Garry Watts February 3, 2019, 1:11
Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow on February 2, 2019, so spring is coming early this year.

Staten Island Chuck is getting all the attention for his early spring forecast, but the furry creature's new congressman had the most to say Saturday morning during the borough's annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo.

Sadly, the animal has seen his shadow for the past two years.

Punxsutawney Phil is quite the celebrity on February 2, but during the rest of the year, he fulfills his job as being an attraction for locals.

But there's more to Phil than meets the eye. This is a rare "prediction" considering Phil sees his shadow about 80% of the time.

For a groundhog, Phil is surprisingly accurate.

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According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, as many as 30,000 people descend on the tiny town annually to watch Phil make his prediction. There is a bit of a thaw ahead in the USA, according to the Weather Channel, but more freezing temperatures loom in the coming weeks as well, and it seems like winter is far from over.

Fans wore custom-made balloon hats as they celebrated the 133rd Groundhog Day. On that day, superstition held that if it were sunny and clear, a long winter was expected.

In Punxsutawney, 1886 marked the first time that Groundhog Day appeared in the local newspaper.

Legend has it that Phil is the only Pennsylvania groundhog to have predicted winter's length, though the lifespan of a groundhog is around just six years.

'If I were you I'd go out and buy swimsuits, ' he told the crowd after waking up Phil just after 7.27am. The president of this group is the individual who gets the privilege of hearing Phil's prediction in "Groundhogese" and translating it for the public.

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