Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring. Groundhog Day comes from the early German tradition that if the suns comes out on the Christian holiday, Candlemas, the hedgehog (or badger) will see its shadow and 6 more weeks of winter will follow. Early German settlers of Pennsylvania continued the tradition using groundhogs. The first official Groundhog Day was 02/02/1886. The very next year, the Groundhog Day celebration was taken to Gobbler's Knob by a group who called themselves "The Punxsatawney Groundhog Club". This club also declared Punxsatawney as the weather capital of the world. Punxsutawney Phil's full name is "Punxsatawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, & Weather Prophet Extraordinary". Phil lives at the Punsatawney Library for most of the year in a climate-controlled home where he is taken care of by the Inner Circle of the Punxsatawney Groundhog Club. It is rumored by the townspeople that Phil is over 100 years old, even though the average life span of a groundhog is actually only 6 to 8 years. Phil's longevity has been attributed to the strong constitution of his current wife, Phyllis, and a steady diet of Groundhog Punch, which is a magical elixir given to Phil every summer. Every year Phil is taken to Gobbler's Knob and placed in a heated burrow under a stimulated stump on a stage. At approximately 7:25 AM, Phil is pulled from his burrow to make his prediction. Phil then tells the current president of the Inner Circle what his prediction is in a language that only the president can understand. This year marks Phil's 130th prognostication. Since 1886, Phil has seen his shadow (6 more weeks of winter) 102 times, didn't see his shadow (early spring) 18 times, and no record 10 times. This gives Punxsatawney Phil only a 39% accuracy rate. Some argue that perhaps the interpretation should be reversed giving Phil a much better accuracy rate of 61%. So, whether Phil is correct about an early spring this year remains to be seen. I certainly hope this time he's right!
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