Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

And in Ontario, Canada, Wiarton Willie also predicted an early spring. By the way, Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd because it is halfway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.

Despite Phil and other groundhogs' predictions of an early spring, meteorologists said the groundhogs do not have an advantage in predicting the weather during the past few years. If Phil had seen his shadow, some say that means six more weeks of winter. But Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous, as well as a supporting character in the popular Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day". Almost the same series of events unfolded about 300 miles (483 kilometers) to the east, where Staten Island Chuck's handlers also revealed the same prediction.

He's been at it for 130 years, but Phil doesn't have the best track record.

Legend has it that should Phil see his shadow on the morning due to clear skies there will be another six weeks of winter ahead.

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The people who follow Phil's predictions are known as the "phaithful phollowers" and thousands watch the live broadcast of the event on television. This groundhog lives in New York's Staten Island Zoo and was in the news for reasons other than the February 2 predictions. But basic math tells us that's anywhere from nine to 15 groundhogs over the more than 100 years the celebration has been taking place in Punxsutawney.

The Groundhog Day ceremony had made headlines earlier when former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten by the groundhog during the ceremony in 2009.

De Blasio has not attended another Staten Island Groundhog Day ceremony since then.

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