Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Follow the Groundhog Day 2018 celebration

Groundhog handler Bill Deeley and Punxsutawney,Phi

Last year, he predicted six more weeks of winter but we got a bunch of warm weather.

The Stormfax website researched all the predications since 1887 and found that he has seen his shadow 104 times (79 percent).

If the groundhog doesn't see its shadow, spring is around the corner.

Groundhog Day has been a tradition that has been recognized in the United States and Canada since 1887.

Predicting seasonal climate, like Baxter does, has gotten easier over the past several years as the globe has recorded a string of record-hot temperatures.

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? On average, Phil has gotten it right 40% of the time over the past 10 years. Of course, Phil's fans had been flocking to the site in far-below-freezing temperatures for hours (since the Knob opened around 3 a.m.), but four hours later, it was time to get down to business.

According to History.com, Groundhog Day's origins trace back to Candlemas, a Christian tradition in which clergymen would bless and give out the candles needed to survive the winter cold. Phil actually speaks his prediction in a language known as "groundhogese". Phil sees his shadow about 85 percent of the time. The two can be viewed from the sidewalk outside of the library or inside from the children's reading area. He keeps his youth by drinking one sip of a special "groundhog punch" each year at the annual Groundhog Picnic.

That decision rests in the prediction of the furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil.

Still, winter-weary residents might take comfort in the fact that Buckeye Chuck's predictions often miss the mark. All hail, Punxsutawney Phil! Unlike Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy, parents never have to explain to their children that Punxsutawney Phil isn't real.

Can animals predict the weather? Did they call for an early spring or six additional weeks of winter weather?

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