Groundhog hath spoken: Six more weeks of winter

Ohio's Buckeye Chuck, Pennsylvania's world famous Punxsutawney Phil, and Georgia's Gen. Beauregard Lee each saw their shadow early on Groundhog Day 2018, meaning, according to legend, that winter weather hang on for an additional six weeks.

The positive announcement came shortly after Punxsutawney Phil ominously predicted six more weeks of a bitter cold winter.

Other groundhogs around the country, including the infamous Punxsutawney Phil of Gobbler's Knob, Pa., agree with Stonewall's prediction.

It's Groundhog Day! You know, the day when some dude in a goofy outfit grabs a big fat whistlepig named Punxsutawney Phil and holds him up so a bunch of droopy-eyed reporters can snap some photos and then everyone cheers. But he's always popular. If he hadn't seen his shadow, the prediction would have been for an early spring. The Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary, aka Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow. This Groundhog Day, groundhogs across the United States and Canada will issue their predictions. "Six more weeks of winter to go!"

Canada has its own share of weather-forecasting mascots, including Wiarton Willie, an albino groundhog who is also due to make his spring prediction on Friday in southern Ontario.

For most of the year, Phil is mainly a local attraction.

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See, NSD is Groundhog Day for most college football fans. Weeks of preparation go into carrying out the events surrounding Punxsutawney Phil's annual prognostication, and hours are poured into the final few days ahead of welcoming thousands of guests to town.

This year, as is the custom, Phil's Inner Circle members began their trek down toward Gobbler's Knob right around 7:10 a.m. on Friday.

But the origins of predicting the arrival of spring dates back much further.

Punxsutawney might be less accurate than the flip of a coin.

Says de Blasio: "I've done my time".

In fact, 2014 was the last time the Mayor attended Staten Island's Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day even gave its name to a 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray. Here, Phil spends time in a man-made burrow with his wife, Phyllis.

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