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Watch Punxsutawney Phil Declare Six More Weeks of Winter on Groundhog Day

02 February 2018

During prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn't allowed to have the hard stuff.

His full name is "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary".

In reality, though, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the tuxedo-clad group of men on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

But how accurate is Phil, and will seeing his shadow mean winter's wrath will continue?

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That would be Potomac Phil, a taxidermied animal that DeNu has been bringing to an annual Dupont Circle Groundhog Day celebration since 2012.

Groundhog Day is of course observed in other locations in Pennsylvannia, as well as New York, Texas, Ontario and Nova Scotia. StormFax Almanac disagrees, claiming that the groundhog is only correct 39% of the time, a pretty bad record considering he should have a 50-50 chance at guessing.

Did the groundhog see its shadow?

Besides his age, his weather predicting skills and the fact that he's probably the only groundhog who lives in a library, Punxsutawney Phil is special for another reason.

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Groundhog Day has become famous across the globe, helped by the Hollywood film - so here's what you need to know about Punxsutawney Phil, the meteorological marmot at the centre of it all.

It's a century-old tradition that people can't get enough of-Punxsutawney Phil, the United States' most famous groundhog, comes out of hibernation on February 2 and forecasts the weather for the six weeks to follow. Spring came early in 2016, thanks to a super El Nino. It's been the same Punxsutawney Phil for all 132 years of the tradition, according to the club. Only 15 percent of the time, Phil predicted an early spring and most of those non-shadow sightings have come in the last few decades. Thirty four of the 54 years he predicted more winter we had above average temperatures following the big day. So far, Milltown Mel in New Jersey has disagreed with Phil's estimation, predicting instead an early spring. Let's be clear, taken at face value, they're not.

Others tend to hold their breath in hopes a TV weatherman, played by Bill Murray, figures out how to break out of the cycle of reliving the same day over and over.

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Watch Punxsutawney Phil Declare Six More Weeks of Winter on Groundhog Day