Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Spring Is on the Way

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Spring Is on the Way

Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Spring Is on the Way

It may be hard to believe as southeast Nebraska thaws out from the bitter cold left behind by the polar vortex earlier this week, but spring is coming early. Punxsutawney Phil, America's top groundhog is a resident of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

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

During Groundhog Day, celebrated on 2nd February every year, if a groundhog sees its shadow - and returns back to its burrow, it means that the winter is going to continue.

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son will release sometime in 2019 via the PlayStation Store.

Let's hope Punxsutawney Phil is right.

Yes, that means Bill Murray will be your dad, just like you always wanted. The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning in Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring after not seeing his shadow this Groundhog Day - a prediction so rare, it's only happened 19 times in the tradition's 133-year-history.

"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 now plans a three-day celebration of the holiday at Gobbler's Knob in the town of Punxsutawney.

They say he's been sustained by "groundhog punch" which acts as a kind of elixir of life for the animal. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck in a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2014. They also whistle when searching for a female groundhog, giving the creatures the nickname of "whistle pigs".

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