Unadilla Bill predicts early spring; doesn't see his shadow

Punxsutawney Phil visits the Pennsylvania Farm Show ahead of Groundhog Day Jan. 8 2019

Cheers erupted when the early spring prediction was announced, with one of Phil's handlers advising the crowd to invest in swimsuits.

In 1886, the local newspaper first mentioned the activities of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

For those not familiar with the holiday (because, you know, Florida), the holiday declares that if the groundhog emerges from his hole and sees his shadow then we will have six more weeks of winter.

Lisa Gibson, center, and her daughters Josie, left, and AneGiguere of Pittsburgh, arrive early to celebrate the 133rd Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

While much of the country is suffering amid the record-breaking cold, there is a spot of hope: Punxsutawney Phil says spring is on the way.

Still, it's being made by Tequila Works, who co-developed The Sexy Brutale, something that our Mat Jones called "Groundhog Day, the game".




They are supposedly the only people who can understand what he says.

Yes, that means Bill Murray will be your dad, just like you always wanted.

"There is no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of the analysis", the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information states on its website. This rodent was in the news back in 2014, when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped it!

In a ceremony watched by thousands, America's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring on Saturday, Feb 2, as he didn't see his shadow at the sunrise.

Historically, they also ate groundhog meat, but this practice has since died out.

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