Groundhog predicts an early spring

Arturo Kim
February 3, 2019

Punxsutawney Phil and his top hat-wearing comrades revealed their weather predictions to the public Saturday morning at sunrise, although the group decides on Phil's forecast ahead of time on a tiny hill called Gobbler's Knob, located in western Pennsylvania 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow today, predicting an early spring.

Handlers for Pennsylvania's most famous prognosticating groundhog say he didn't see his shadow when the sun rose Saturday.

We can't wait to find out whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow this year!

In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially stated that Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill".

How can I watch Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day 2019?

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The day was first written about in the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper in 1886.

Like Father Like Son, you'll play as the charming but arrogant Phil Connors Jr., who grew up in the shadow of his father - a man who spent a lifetime repeating a single day until he had made it ideal.

According to lore, that means an early spring is expected this year. As Data from the Stormfax Almanac shows, Phil's predictions have been right a whopping 39 percent of the time. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten at a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2009.

It was a chilly 10 degrees Fahrenheit in Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania where 27 years ago Bill Murray stood in the same audience for the well-known movie.

And he wasn't the only New York City mayor who struggled with the holiday. Groundhog Day is celebrated every February 2 across the USA at sunrise, which today is at 7.26am EST (12.26pm GMT).

If you want to do some of your own Groundhog Day celebrating over on this side of the pond, you're in luck, because Sky Cinema is aptly showing the film Groundhog Day on a loop from 6am until 11:30pm.

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