Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts 6 More Weeks of Winter

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The mainstream furry foreteller of the weather, Punxsutawney Phil, will poke his head out Friday and if he sees his shadow, we may be in for more of that snowmaggedon weather, as the legend goes.

According to the hundred-year-old-plus tradition, which is odd as it is renowned, Punxsutawney Phil, the famed meteorologist groundhog, emerged on February 2nd once again this year to search for his shadow. When Phil came out of his home in Punxsutawney, Pa., he saw his shadow - predicting six more weeks of winter.

What does that mean?

Out on Staten Island, Chuck the groundhog predicted an early spring. They celebrated Groundhog Day with groundhog cookies, of course, and music.

While enjoying an early spring might sound like a good idea for outdoor activities, it can wreak havoc on agriculture, in particular when it comes to tricking crops into blooming early.

Every February 2, all eyes turn to a small central Pennsylvania borough as winter-weary Northeasterners await weather guidance from the predictive rodent. Phil actually speaks his prediction in a language known as "groundhogese". Would winter last six more weeks, or would there be a reprieve? Mayor de Blasio famously dropped the Staten Island groundhog during the 2014 ceremony.

Human weather predictors say this winter should be a bit colder than previous year with plenty of chances for snow.

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But what exactly is Groundhog Day, who is Punxsutawny Phil, and does it have anything to do with inexplicably having the same day over and over again?

She recalled the hoopla of Groundhog Day when she lived in Punxsutawney and said men would drag a groundhog out from a burrow under a stump. The tradition's roots are tied to the Christian holiday of Candlemas Day, celebrated every year on February 2.

The groundhogs agree! Six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the U.S. and more recently Canada. Is it an early spring or just more snow.

The first official Groundhog Day in the U.S. was in 1887 - though it is thought to have been celebrated before then - when a group of people made the trip to Gobbler's Knob in Puxsutawny to consult the rodent about the weather. Other states now celebrate their own Groundhog Day, with their own groundhog.

The charming critter lives on the tiny hill of Gobbler's Knob, located just outside Punxsutawney, 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Before the 1993 Bill Murray movie was released, only 2,000 people traveled to Punxsutawney every year to join in the celebration.

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