Groundhog Day: 5 weird things you don't know about this quirky tradition


Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

Men from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club inner circle, a prestigious group made up of the who's who in Punxsutawney, take care of Phil all year and plan the big event.

The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal Phil's forecast every February 2.

February 2 marks the 132nd Groundhog Day, and Pennsylvania resident prognosticating rodent will emerge from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob at sunrise.

This marks the third consecutive year that Buckeye Chuck has predicted six more weeks of winter.

The last time de Blasio held a ceremonial groundhog- a stand-in named Charlotte-was in 2014. However, no matter his prediction, if this pattern stays, we might experience more early springs.

Flipping a coin might be as accurate as Phil.

Hardcore locals stood out in the 12 degree temperatures to see just how long the chilly temps will last, a prediction only Phil makes.

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

5 weird things you don't know about this quirky tradition.

World famous Punxsutawney Phil, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, also predicted more winter. Phil will tell them whether or not he's seen his shadow. Chuck and the crew at WMRN-AM have been offering weather forecasts on Groundhog Day since the 1970s.

Punxitawney Phil's accuracy rate is around 39 percent.

TheCentral Florida 2017-2018 winter has had more pronounced temperatures fluctuation compared to a year ago.

We had a warm winter season in 2017, making it that Punxsutawney Phil's forecast of six more weeks of winter to be false.

The holiday stems from a German holiday known as Candlemas Day, which celebrated the ritual purification of Mary during the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. Because of this, Phil spends the year at his house located inside the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.

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