Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

Groundhog enthusiasts wait with rapt attention for Phil's big reveal

If a hedgehog saw his shadow on Candlemas Day, there would be a "second winter" or six more weeks of bad weather, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, gatekeepers of all things groundhog. 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.

Phil left his burrow around 6:25 a.m. where he observed the weather conditions and looked for his shadow, then made his prediction for the remainder of winter. Spring came early in 2016.

As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week's risky Arctic blast, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around.

How accurate has the groundhog been?

The following year brought the first official trek to Gobbler's Knob (he did not see his shadow that year).

This year's prediction was rare.

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Due to the fact that annual weather trends can vary across the US each year, there are discrepancies between sources regarding Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy. according to Stormfax Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil boasts only a 39% success rate, whereas Accuweather puts it at around 80%. And the accuracy of his predictions is below 40 percent.

Fans wore custom-made balloon hats as they celebrated the 133rd Groundhog Day.

German settlers brought the tradition to the U.S. with an added twist. However, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil takes "one sip every summer" of a top-secret "elixir of life", which extends his lifespan by seven years.

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