What's your verdict, Phil? Groundhog makes his prediction

Larry Hoffman
February 2, 2018

In fact, 104 of Phil's forecasts have predicted a longer winter, while only 17 of his predictions have been for an early spring.

The news was not so warm in Pennsylvania as Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced that the groundhog saw his shadow.

Phil's predictions are actually made by the members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, a local group of dignitaries who oversee the massive festivities that take place every February 2.

Let's hope he doesn't see his shadow and we get an early taste of spring.

Since then, thousands of spectators have gathered in Punxsutawney each year to witness the groundhog's emergence in person, watching closely for whether Phil sees his shadow or doesn't. Groundhogs don't always make the cut.

The United States and Canada will be gearing up for the annual ritual of Groundhog Day which will take place Friday, Feb. 2. This year he predicted six more weeks of winter, but it probably doesn't really matter.

The cast of Groundhog Day visited the Today show to perform "Philanthropy" and Phil Connors (played by Andy Karl) got to meet real-life weatherman Al Roker! There's a folklore that if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be more winter weather.

The office says the Groundhog Day tradition dates back to the early days of Christianity in Europe, born of a winter festival called Candlemas Day.

John Griffiths has been a member of Phil's Inner Circle for 20 years.

Interestingly enough, Phil probably has the roots of his celebration going back farther than what is centered on Christ.

Staten Island Chuck informed residents of NY that there would be an early spring.

Flipping a coin may be as precise as Phil.

Will we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring?

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio skipped Friday's ceremony, several years after dropping a groundhog that later died.

The prediction, Griffiths says, is right every time. Here, Phil spends time in a man-made burrow with his wife, Phyllis. And with that, preparations for Groundhog Day 2019 are officially underway.

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