Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts rare early spring

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Holding him high for the world to see, they placed Phil on the platform in front of two scrolls, each containing the prediction for either an early spring or six more weeks of winter. However, if the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

Due to the fact that annual weather trends can vary across the US each year, there are discrepancies between sources regarding Punxsutawney Phil's accuracy. according to Stormfax Almanac, Punxsutawney Phil boasts only a 39% success rate, whereas Accuweather puts it at around 80%.

In recent years he has faced growing competition from rival groundhogs also said to be blessed with weather forecasting talent.

The tradition of looking to a small animal to predict the weather began with German immigrants concentrated in Pennsylvania who used a hedgehog - not a groundhog.

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In yesterday's other game, Wilfried Zaha scored and was later sent off for Crystal Palace in a 1-1 draw at Southampton. I think everyone was thinking about the seven because it was possible and it didn't happen.

The groundhog pointed his nose toward one, thus making his prediction. The VR sequel follows Phil Connors Jr., his "charming but arrogant" son, who's trapped in his own time-loop in his hometown of Punxsutawney, a place he thought he escaped.

Buckeye Chuck has a pretty poor track record of estimations, with just a 25 percent success rate in recent years. For 133 years, I've never been wrong. But with the ever-present threat of climate change on the brain, reactions to Phil's verdict this year were pretty mixed.

Mother Nature hadn't been all that kind to the region as Groundhog Day approached. In the event, winter continued longer than six weeks, with a nor'easter slamming New York City on March 21, 2018.

Members of The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, known as the "inner circle", do not recognise Buckeye Chuck's predictions.

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