Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Punxsutawney Phil visits the Pennsylvania Farm Show ahead of Groundhog Day Jan. 8 2019

Punxsutawney Phil visits the Pennsylvania Farm Show ahead of Groundhog Day Jan. 8 2019

This year, however, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow!

The Pennsylvania groundhog isn't the only weather-predicting groundhog residents look to for predicted forecasts.

These Pennsylvanian groundhogs enjoyed quiet lives until 1887, when a groundhog-hunting newspaper editor declared that Punxsutawney's groundhog Phil was the nation's only "true" weather-forecasting groundhog.

And Punxsutawney Phil delivered good news on Groundhog Day morning, failing to see his shadow and thus predicting an early spring is on its way, according to local lore.

Traditionally, Groundhog Day helped people to predict the weather for the year ahead.

Let's hope Punxsutawney Phil is right.

Nearly everyone of a certain age has fond memories of 1993's Groundhog Day - the Bill Murray-staring film where one man lives the same day over and over again until he gets things right. But Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous, as well as a supporting character in the popular Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day".

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They are supposedly the only people who can understand what he says.

And in Ontario, Canada, Wiarton Willie also predicted an early spring.

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a "virtual reality adventure game" coming to major virtual reality platforms, including PlayStation Virtual Reality, later this year.

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

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will provide updates on all of its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (follow the hashtag #ghd2019 for coverage).

If you are not from North America, Groundhog Day might just come as a surprise! New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck in a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2014.

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