Groundhog Day: Phil sees shadow; 6 more weeks of winter


"We are still more than 3.5" behind in rainfall for the month, so any rain will be a big help over the next couple of weeks! Here, Punxsutawney Phil relaxes in his cage after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Feb. 2, 2014.

In the above video, our two-legged prognosticator, Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons, brings you the outlook from the weather center and talks about some of the science behind the forecast. That's right, Groundhog Day is here-again-and Punxsutawney Phil is about to (maybe) ruin our Friday.

The groundhog's prediction is typically contained in a short poem.

Lore suggests this odd gathering at Gobbler's Knob began in 1887 when German immigrants modified traditions from their homeland.

Since 2010, Phil has only predicted an early arrival of spring three times.

But who is Punxsutawney Phil and did he see his shadow today? The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club believes Phil has been alive for more than 120 years.

Last year, Phil saw his shadow - which should have implemented a six-week winter period - but temperatures actually rose above the average during February and March. The roots can be traced back to an Ancient Christian Tradition called Candlemas Day. De Blasio has not attended a Groundhog Day since the fatal fall.

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Groundhog Day has also been popular in American media.

How is Groundhog Day celebrated?

Revelers bear frigid cold temperatures and gather at Gobbler's Knob from as early as 1am that morning, waiting for the appearance of the furry critter. Here, Phil spends time in a man-made burrow with his wife, Phyllis.

However, even when Phil's predictions are accurate, they may not be accurate for the entire country.

Punxsutawney, home to some 6,000 residents, is located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. And with that, preparations for Groundhog Day 2019 are officially underway.

"For example, the North Slope of Alaska, every fall season there's been warm for the past 15 years or something, relative to normal", Baxter said. Andie MacDowell stars as Murray's love interest and producer Rita.