He saw his shadow: Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

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During prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 more weeks of winter if he wasn't allowed to have the hard stuff.

Besides being totally cute, the world's most famous groundhog-Punxsutawney Phil-is quite the character.

Another secret is how Phil gets from his home at the library to the big event at Gobbler's Knob, a clearing in the woods outside of town.

The origins of this forecast folklore aren't completely clear, but most theories tie this tradition back to the old Christian holiday of Candlemas Day. This year will be the 132nd ceremony. However, if he doesn't see his shadow, he'll stick around outside...because spring is coming soon! They call it "Groundhogese" and say Phil communicates his predictions to the current president of the inner circle.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was not in attendance for the shadow reveal after he "dropped" Charlotte, a stand-in rodent for Groundhog Day in 2014.

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Did the groundhog see its shadow?

However, Phil's prediction was decided ahead of time by the top hat and tuxedo-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle.

As legend has it, when the groundhog wakes and doesn't see his shadow, spring is on its way - but if not, you better keep the winter coats and mittens at hand. The Groundhog has been around for over one hundred years, and year after year, he gives a 6-week forecast: Will spring come early, or will winter hold on for a bit longer? If not, we're in for an early spring.

Phil has been correct about 65 percent of the time based on 117 years of available records, according to Penn Live.

Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced on Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow.

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A rare misstep in 2013, when Woody incorrectly forecast an early spring, prompted an apology from the MI mammal.

On record, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times and no shadow only 18 times (the results were not recorded on ten occasions). They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states "For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May.".

1993 - Columbia Pictures releases the movie, "Groundhog Day", starring Bill Murray.

The prediction, Griffiths says, is right every time.

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