We'll just have to wait and see if Phil's shadow lines up with the human experts.
DeNu has said he translates Potomac Phil's predictions for spring weather. According to Live Science, Phil has only been right 39 percent of the time. At the Groundhog Day celebration, Phil's official handler, a member of this tuxedo-and-top-hat-wearing group, pulls the oversized squirrel from his stump and lifts him above the packed crowd.
This Groundhog Day, Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter are coming.
If Phil didn't see his shadow, it would have been an early spring.
The groundhogs agree! Six more weeks of winter. This year was the 132nd ceremony.
Phil is not the only weather-predicting groundhog on the East Coast.
Phil's Canadian counterpart, an albino groundhog named Wiarton Willie, also spotted his shadow Friday morning.
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The town held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s.
But it actually started long before the movie.
Phil's proclamation was translated by the president of the Inner Circle - the only person who understands the "Groundhogese" language - according to The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. In 1887 a local newspaper editor declared Phil, whose full title is "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary", to be the United States' only true weather-forecasting groundhog. When Phil came out of his home in Punxsutawney, Pa., he saw his shadow - predicting six more weeks of winter. Is it an early spring or just more snow.
Groundhog Day has become part of American culture.
Groundhog Day is always on February 2.
The ancient German custom of Candlemas, the point midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, is what inspired what we now know as Groundhog Day.
Potomac Phil's predictions are based on a different method, given that he's an animal preserved by a taxidermist. German folklore said: 'If the badger sunbathes during Candlemas week, for four more weeks he will be back in his hole'. "Someone has to nominate you and then you need to be approved by a Groundhog Day committee".