He saw his shadow: Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

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On every February 2, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil is released from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to predict our weather for the upcoming months.

As the tradition claims, if Phil sees his shadow when he emerges from his temporary home (a fake tree stump), the weather forecast calls for six more weeks of winter. If the animal is unable to see his shadow, superstition dictates that spring will begin early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney.

The town of Punxsutawney has been holding the annual event since the 1880s, according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, which organizes and livestreams the event each year. That's in spite of forecasts that predicted a cloudy, shadow-less morning. Would winter last six more weeks, or would there be a reprieve? Ten years of Phil's predictions are missing from the record. If not, spring comes early.

Based on previous performance, Phil's prediction will not actually eventuate; despite the pomp and circumstance, he has failed most of his attempts at scrying the future.

It also says Phil's predictions are 100 percent accurate when in reality his success rate has only been 20 percent in the last 30 years.

But right now the computer models that are so successful in shorter ranges are out of their depths beyond about 10 days.

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There is a distinct connection between Groundhog Day and Candlemas.

Now, before you start thinking that its all a bunch of groundhogwash, you best know the "science" behind this.

Every year, if the rodent sees its shadow, then it will retreat back to its burrow and winter will continue, according to legend.

Punxsutawney Phil is the legendary official groundhog at the heart of proceedings and he is famous for predicting the spring weather every February 2. Given Phil's percentages, this is controversial.

"Unfortunately, there have been years where the president has misinterpreted what Phil said", Ploucha told PennLive in 2017.

On Friday morning, Punxsutawney Phil scurried out of his little marmot hole and saw his shadow.

The roots can be traced back to an Ancient Christian Tradition called Candlemas Day.