Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring

Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring

Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, predicting early spring

If not, spring comes early.

The Unadilla Groundhogs Day celebration continues throughout the day Saturday with a craft fair, food, the parade at 2 p.m., and the crowning of the kind and queen.

Traditionally, Groundhog Day helped people to predict the weather for the year ahead.

While Punxsutawney Phil may be the most notable groundhog, he's not the only one, as other municipalities have adopted their own version of the prognosticating rodent. If he had seen a shadow it would have meant we would be enduring six more weeks of winter.

Three hundred miles away on Staten Island a similar series of events unfolded where Chuck's handlers also predicted an early spring.

Before the movie Groundhog Day, around 2,000 people would come to Punxsutawney to see Phil, but after it was released in 1993 it has pulled crowds of up to 40,000.

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Hollywood loves few things more than belated sequels and reboots, but they haven't gotten around to making another Groundhog Day.

Unfortunately, Phil at least doesn't have the best track record.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will provide updates on all of its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (follow the hashtag #ghd2019 for coverage). But basic math tells us that's anywhere from nine to 15 groundhogs over the more than 100 years the celebration has been taking place in Punxsutawney.

A few days after the fall Charlotte died; the zoo, however, said that the death was not caused by the fall, according to Fox News.

And he wasn't the only New York City mayor who struggled with the holiday. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bit at a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2009.

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