What is Groundhog Day Anyway?

If a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks; but if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early. This long standing national holiday derived from a Pennsylvanian Dutch superstition, but does the groundhog still come out to check the weather? Who is he anyway? We looked into the national holiday to find out exactly who the forecaster is and why his reputation for accuracy holds true.

His name is Phil and he lives in Pennsylvania, (Surprise). The results aired this morning that Phil was able to find his shadow which means we have another six weeks of winter! According to USA Today, "Phil is usually wrong, and meteorologists aren't so sure Phil's suspicions this year are right either", but according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters.

Watch Phil's famous forecast:

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