Groundhog predicts an early spring. Don’t get too excited, he’s usually wrong

Groundhog predicts an early spring. Don’t get too excited, he’s usually wrong

Groundhog predicts an early spring. Don’t get too excited, he’s usually wrong

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".

Following a week of frigid temperatures that gripped the Midwest, all eyes were on Pennsylvania's famed groundhog on Saturday in hopes of signs of relief.

Punxsutawney Phil is quite the celebrity on February 2, but during the rest of the year, he fulfills his job as being an attraction for locals.

Staten Island Chuck is getting all the attention for his early spring forecast, but the furry creature's new congressman had the most to say Saturday morning during the borough's annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo. As silly as it all may sound, the ceremonial tradition goes back to 1886, and has maintained an enduring cultural legacy.

"This is the largest crowd I've ever seen on Groundhog Day in the history of Groundhog Day", the emcee said to the audience. Meanwhile, he has not seen his shadow just 19 times - counting this year - meaning an early spring.

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct.

For a groundhog, Phil is surprisingly accurate.

Despite Phil and other groundhogs' predictions of an early spring, meteorologists said the groundhogs do not have an advantage in predicting the weather during the past few years.

During the Prohibition era, Punxsutawney Phil "threatened" to impose 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn't allowed a stiff drink.

The Groundhog Day website explains: "After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2, he speaks to the Groundhog Club president in "Groundhogese"(a language only understood by the current president of the Inner Circle)". Just roll with it and celebrate Groundhog Day like a professional with all the facts below.

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