Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

Groundhog doesn't see his shadow, predicting early spring

It may be hard to believe as southeast Nebraska thaws out from the bitter cold left behind by the polar vortex earlier this week, but spring is coming early.

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.

The first observance of groundhog day was in Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania, and this is still where the largest celebrations are held today (and is where the famous film is set).

But if Punxsutawney Phil is pulled from his stump and sees his shadow, then you can expect six more weeks of winter.

Traditionally, Groundhog Day helped people to predict the weather for the year ahead. So, is it early spring or more winter forecast?

But in some cases the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, signaling an early spring.

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Groundhog Day is a part of American and Canadian tradition that has been celebrated for hundreds of years!

These top-hat wearing inner circle members of Punxsutawney Phil have said that Phil has finally come out with his Groundhog Day prediction!

Phil has a notoriously low record of getting his predictions right with less than 20 percent success in the last few years. Among some of the most popular Groundhogs is Staten Island Chuck (previously known as Charles G. Hogg).

The Groundhog Club has shared videos on its Instagram of Saturday's ceremonies.

Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, focuses on the town's festivities as a backdrop to the leading characters' love story. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck in a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2014.

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