At 'the Punxsutawney in Philadelphia,' Groundhog Day starts with beer for breakfast

Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths center holds Punxsutawney Phil

Should he not see his shadow, we will have an early spring.

Perhaps getting a little too ahead of himself, another member of Phil's Inner Circle held up a sign reading, "Get out your swimsuits". That could mean Phil won't see his shadow, which would mean we are in for an early spring.

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.

According to Stormfax, Phil's predictions have been correct in 39 percent of the time.

How accurate has the groundhog been?

In 1886, Groundhog Day first appeared in the Punxsutawney newspaper, but there is no record of his prediction.

According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, as many as 30,000 people descend on the tiny town annually to watch Phil make his prediction.

The Groundhog Day 2019 results are in, and with extremely cold temperatures polar vortex-ing across much of the U.S., they could not have come at a better time.

Groundhog Day traces its roots back to the ancient Candlemas Day celebrated on February 2, when Christians would take their candles to church to have them blessed. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be.

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club records date back to 1887.

"There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis", the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information states on its website.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts the main Groundhog Day event in the town.

Punxsutawney Phil is protected and cared for by the Groundhog Club. Overall, the Post says, "Much like how you won your last coin toss, Phil is "right" in these regions because of chance".

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