It's Groundhog Day again in the United States


The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts the main Groundhog Day event in the town. According to his info-graphic, since 1887, Punxsutawney Phill has seen his shadow 104 times, signaling six more weeks of winter.

While the exact calculations are disputed, IFC's Simon Gallagher estimates Bill Murray's character in the classic film "Groundhog Day" relived the day 12,403 days - that's 33 years and 358 days! Well, it doesn't really have to. Weather Channel producer Trish Ragsdale tweeted that it was 2 degrees in Punxsutawney itself on Saturday morning, as reporters turned out for coverage of the event.

Groundhog Day has its roots in an early Christian celebration known as Candlemas Day, which marked the point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Phil's annual prediction draws thousands of revelers to the town of Punxsutawney, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, every year.

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According to The Weather Channel, Saturday will likely be cloudy and cold in Punxsutawney. The following year brought the first official trek to Gobbler's Knob (he did not see his shadow that year). Good thing, considering how our winter weather has been lately.

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. "Phil! Phil!" to wake up the sleepy groundhog.

On Groundhog Day people around the world watch famous groundhogs predict if there will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Not bad for a groundhog.

'If I were you I'd go out and buy swimsuits, ' he told the crowd after waking up Phil just after 7.27am. Overall, the Post says, "Much like how you won your last coin toss, Phil is "right" in these regions because of chance".