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If it sees his shadow (denoting that it's a clear day out), the winter will carry on for six more weeks. Alternately, a cloudy day meant an early spring.
They say he's been sustained by "groundhog punch" which acts as a kind of elixir of life for the animal. It's a tradition with deeper roots than you might have expected.
He saw his shadow in 2017 and 2018 meaning an extended winter should have followed but didn't.
On the TV behind the bar, men in top hats and tuxedos dance on a stage in Punxsutawney, a Pennsylvania town some 270 miles away that has made an industry out of a day devoted to a woodchuck.
Early spring predicted as groundhog does not see shadow
With the creation of the club came the rise of Punxsutawney Phil , the groundhog being elevated to global celebrity status. As silly as it all may sound, the ceremonial tradition goes back to 1886 , and has maintained an enduring cultural legacy.
The immigrants' Candlemas tradition traces back as far as the early 1700s when they began arriving in Pennsylvania.
People came in droves amid frigid 10 degree temperatures to watch Phil as he curiously popped out of his dugout just before 7:30 a.m. EST Saturday morning. The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper of Punxsutawney, Penn., first mentioned Groundhog Day predictions in 1886.
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.
Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths, center, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 133rd celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.
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The groundhog has seen his shadow 103 times, making predictions of long winters more common.
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