Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Prediction: Here's What the Groundhog Saw

Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Prediction: Here's What the Groundhog Saw

It was with these things in mind that Phil's fans and followers flocked to Gobbler's Knob first thing Saturday morning - after a full day of activities and the Groundhog Banquet on Friday - to hear what the Seer of Seers had to say.

NOAA has said that Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill," and has been accurate 40 percent of the time.

Tradition in Germany was to look to the hedgehog on February 2 to judge by its behavior the coming weather.

In the Scenic City, Chattanooga Chuck saw his shadow, meaning he is predicting six more weeks of winter.

The tradition of looking to a small animal to predict the weather began with German immigrants concentrated in Pennsylvania who used a hedgehog - not a groundhog. If Phil wakes and finds himself shadowless, he takes it as a sign of an early spring and stays above ground.

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As the legend goes, if the groundhog sees his shadow when it emerges from its burrow, we'll have six more weeks of winter.

On the TV behind the bar, men in top hats and tuxedos dance on a stage in Punxsutawney, a Pennsylvania town some 270 miles away that has made an industry out of a day devoted to a woodchuck.

Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800's. They also whistle when searching for a female groundhog, giving the creatures the nickname of "whistle pigs".

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct.

While the exact calculations are disputed, IFC's Simon Gallagher estimates Bill Murray's character in the classic film "Groundhog Day" relived the day 12,403 days - that's 33 years and 358 days!