5 fun facts about Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil

Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil?

At approximately 7:30 this morning, Staten Island Chuck emerged from his home at the Staten Island Zoo to let everybody know we'll have an early spring. There's a folklore that if the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be more winter weather.

REUTERS/EPAGroundhog Day 2018: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? What does it mean?

Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil foresees no early end to winter. Otherwise, we get an early spring. The gates at Gobbler's Knob open at 3 a.m. ET. After that, Phil tells the group's president his prediction, it is relayed to the crowd, and then it's back to eating granola bars and corn until next year.

Yes, it's time for Groundhog Day. I think it was the coldest temperature I had ever stood in, but the fun of it all kept me warm and smiling well after Phil made his prediction. The roots can be traced back to an Ancient Christian Tradition called Candlemas Day.

Yep, today, mate. But what happens on this very day, every year?

The mainstream furry foreteller of the weather, Punxsutawney Phil, will poke his head out Friday and if he sees his shadow, we may be in for more of that snowmaggedon weather, as the legend goes. His prediction of six more weeks of winter was accurate for a few regions, but it came up short for several others.

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The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal Phil's forecast every February 2.

But another celebrated groundhog, Chuck in the New York City borough of Staten Island, did not see his shadow on Friday and instead predicted an early spring.

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.

"This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather".

However, Chuck has been right 80 per cent of the time, while Phil's accuracy is much lower at 40 per cent.

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