Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring


So is it early spring or more winter forecast.

Following a week of frigid temperatures that gripped the Midwest, all eyes were on Pennsylvania's famed groundhog on Saturday in hopes of signs of relief.

Tradition in Germany was to look to the hedgehog on February 2 to judge by its behavior the coming weather.

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At day break, on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil awakens from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob (yes, really), is helped to the top of the stump and tells the President of the Inner Circle - in a language known as "groundhogese", his verdict.

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Holding him high for the world to see, they placed Phil on the platform in front of two scrolls, each containing the prediction for either an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

He saw his shadow in 2017 and 2018 meaning an extended winter should have followed but didn't. However, some will hold to their winter wonders, as there's always a mixed bag of expectations for Phil on his big day. Since there were so many groundhogs in the area, they began to use them instead of the European hedgehogs.

Lots of people tune in each year for Punxsutawney Phil's big day, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared the groundhog has "no predictive skill".

Jeff Lundy from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club welcomed the largest crowd ever seen on Groundhog Day Saturday as the country learned spring was on the way.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.