Groundhog Gives Good News For Winter Sufferers

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Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019 –

Katie Wolf of New Cumberland, Pa., wears a groundhog costume to the 133rd Groundhog Day celebration on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

For just the 19th time in 133 years, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day morning.

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Members of the "Inner Circle" announced the furry rodent's official "forecast" around 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Gobbler's Knob. This is a rare "prediction" considering Phil sees his shadow about 80% of the time. If it sees his shadow (denoting that it's a clear day out), the winter will carry on for six more weeks.

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"There is no shadow of me, a lovely spring it shall be", Punxsutawney Phil's scroll read Saturday morning.

Mother Nature hadn't been all that kind to the region as Groundhog Day approached.

It's celebrated across North America, but in Punxsutawney they have a much more specific tradition. The people in the know will then translate Phil's response for thousands of viewers. The entire ceremony will be broadcast live online at, so head over there to watch Punxsutawney Phil do his thing! The usual lifespan for a groundhog is around six years. Historically, his success rate is at around 40%. The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper of Punxsutawney, Penn., first mentioned Groundhog Day predictions in 1886.

And he wasn't the only New York City mayor who struggled with the holiday. Set 26 years later, where you're playing as Phil Connors' son as he's caught in the same kind of time loop as his dad?

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