Punxsutawney Phil Predicts "A Beautiful Spring"

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On Saturday morning, the famous groundhog awoke at sunrise to celebrate Groundhog Day and did not see his shadow. Using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Punxsutawney Phil is only 3% accurate in predicting his local weather trends. Lundy also explained the process that would soon unfold - that Phil would direct Groundhog Club President Bill Deeley to one of two scrolls with the proper prediction written upon it.

'I saw Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day.

Mother Nature hadn't been all that kind to the region as Groundhog Day approached.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney.

As the legend goes, if the groundhog sees his shadow when it emerges from its burrow, we'll have six more weeks of winter. The news arrived on Saturday, which marks Groundhog Day in 2019.

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The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts the main Groundhog Day event in the town.

Last year, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, but was proven wrong when temperatures rose through February and March. Historically, his success rate is at around 40%. It is only the 19th time out of the 123 recorded appearances that Phil has seen his shadow, the York Daily Record reported.

After the ceremony, people commonly have a meal and drink their own version of groundhog punch; a delightful mixture of vodka, milk, eggs, and orange juice.

In the original film from 1993, Murray played Phil Connors, a weatherman finding himself trapped in a seemingly endless loop as he relived the same day over and over again.

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