Groundhog Gives Good News For Winter Sufferers

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"Groundhog Day is something you can only find in our commonwealth, and we're honored to share Phil's prediction with visitors, residents, and the millions of families watching from their homes".

As Phil Connors Jr., you grew up your father's shadow and are trapped in the small town of Punxsutawney.

Groundhog Day first appeared in the newspaper in 1886 and an official celebration took place the following year, according to the groundhog club.

Groundhog Day is Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

This is only the 19th occasion in which Phil has not been able to see his shadow since 1887.

Regardless of this year's prediction, it may be worth noting that despite his reputation Punxsutawney Phil does not have the strongest track record for accurately predicting the weather.

Following a week of frigid temperatures that gripped the Midwest, all eyes were on Pennsylvania's famed groundhog on Saturday in hopes of signs of relief. Ten years of data is missing from their predictions.

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How can I watch Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2019?

As legend has it, when the groundhog wakes and doesn't see his shadow, spring is on its way - but if not, you better keep the winter coats and mittens at hand.

After rapping on the door to Punxsutawney Phil's burrow, his handlers retrieved him from the log.

Other towns have their own groundhog mascots as well, including Birmingham Bill in Alabama and Staten Island Chuck in NY.

Phil's skill is kind of like a coin flip - he's been accurate about 50 percent of the time, according to The Weather Channel.

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