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?More news: Nokia 3310 4G Launched : Check complete specifications
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.More news: Las Vegas shooting documents include second person of interest
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.More news: WOODY: In trading for Alex Smith, Redskins get a proven victor
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