Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts rare early spring


On Saturday morning, the famous groundhog awoke at sunrise to celebrate Groundhog Day and did not see his shadow. Set 26 years later, where you're playing as Phil Connors' son as he's caught in the same kind of time loop as his dad?

Tradition suggests that means spring is coming early.

We can't wait to find out whether or not Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow this year!

TIME tested the accuracy of various groundhogs based on their ability to predict the weather of their relative geographic area.

Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019 –
Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Prediction: Here's What the Groundhog Saw

"There is no shadow of me, a handsome spring it shall be", Punxsutawney Phil's scroll read Saturday morning. Read on to discover the origins of Groundhog Day.

Every Feb. 2, Americans let a pudgy rodent named Punxsutawney Phil predict the onset of either spring or more winter weather when he emerges from his burrow in western Pennsylvania. However, some will hold to their winter wonders, as there's always a mixed bag of expectations for Phil on his big day.

According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club traces the introduction of the animal to Germany, where people initially using hedgehogs as the hibernating mammal of choice. German settlers to Pennsylvania brought this belief with them but found no hedgehogs here.

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. Since then, the quirky tradition has ballooned into a multi-day spectacle for the town. The VR game is a sequel to the 1993 Groundhog Day movie, taking place many years after the events of the film.

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