Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019

Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019

Of course, more cold is fictionally guaranteed if Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, wakes to see his shadow this Saturday around 7:25 Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.

Even if Phil's prediction turns out to be inaccurate, the weather is expected to warm up during the weekend.

Rose applauded Staten Islanders for supporting the U.S. Coast Guard, FBI and TSA - three of several federal agencies impacted during the 35-day ordeal - and added the government "failed you with this shutdown". "Groundhog Day is something you can only find in our commonwealth, and we're honored to share Phil's prediction with visitors, residents, and the millions of families watching from their homes".

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later. The answer is determined by a group of top-hatted men, who consult a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, dubbed the "seer of seers".

Due to the fact that annual weather trends can vary across the USA each year, there are discrepancies between sources regarding Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy. according to Stormfax Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil boasts only a 39% success rate, whereas Accuweather puts it at around 80%.

Members of the club, along with news reporters and local people gather at Gobbler's Knob each year to wait for Phil to appear and make his weather prediction. Since the first reported Groundhog Day results in 1886, Phil has predicted long winters 104 times and an early spring only 18 times (nine years went without records).

According to Punxsutawney lore, if Phil sees his shadow as he emerges, the country is headed for at least six more weeks of winter.

Born of a winter festival called Candlemas Day, the celebration found churchgoers bringing candles to be blessed.

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