Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his wooden stump and issue his shadow-dependent seasonal prediction to a winter tired public. In the 1800s, a group in Punxsutawney, Pa., began looking for groundhogs on Candlemas, and by 1887 Groundhog Day became an annual event.
As lore goes, if the groundhog spots his shadow, he'll scurry back into his hole - a sign that winter will last six more weeks.
Farmers in New England knew that we were not close to the end of winter, no matter how cloudy February 2nd was, and if they didn't have half their hay remaining, there may be lean times for the cows before spring brought fresh grass.
So what will Chuck prognosticate?
The ancient Celts, a race known for tales of magic and the like, celebrated the day with a festival marking the beginning of spring.
One other attraction in Punxsutawney came to mind: the area would often draw visitors for large groundhog hunts, in which teams of men would run up and down the hillsides, digging up groundhogs to cook for an early dinner.
According to The Morning Call, Phil is immortal, he has been forecasting weather for more than 131 years.
Groundhog Day 2017 is nearly here and everyone is wondering if Punxsutawney Phil will end up seeing his shadow or not.
The true meaning of Groundhog Day is something completely different and it's actually a tradition that dates back over 200 years.
The accuracy of this annual forecast is dubious, as the prediction is made by a groundhog.
What do you think will happen on Groundhog Day 2017?
Celebrating a 130-year American tradition, today, all eyes are on a groundhog affectionately named Phil. This groundhog lives happily with his wife, Phyllis.
The National Centers for Environmental Information also released a report this week that looked at February and March temperatures compared to Phil's past forecasts. A day the public loves, as we get a fun way to know how much winter we have left, and a day meteorologists hate, as that groundhog is full of it! (Groundhogs typically live six to eight years.) Outside of his supernatural sip, Phil is like other groundhogs and gets most of his liquids from dewy leaves. On only 18 occasions has Phil foretold an "early spring".
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