Groundhog Day 2018: Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter

Weather: Big changes around the corner as February arrives!

Every Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who many believe has the uncanny ability to predict the weather, makes his way from is burrow located on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

People supposedly watched hedgehogs or badgers to see if they saw their shadows on Candlemas Day, celebrated each February 2nd. If Phil doesn't, that means spring is approaching.

Smith hails from Punxsutawney in central Pennsylvania, and became an official Groundhog Ambassador in 1985.

Sussex County is home, at Space Farms, to weather-predicting groundhog Stonewall Jackson V who comes from a long line of oracular groundhogs- all named Stonewall Jackson.

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That's his typical prediction: It's only happened more than 100 other times in the 132-year history of the tradition.

Will we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Mayor de Blasio famously dropped the Staten Island groundhog during the 2014 ceremony. "He's been on the job for more than 130 years and is the nation's favorite furry weather forecaster". "There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking "groundhog punch" (a secret recipe)", according to the club.

Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day, too.

While the average groundhog weighs around 12 to 15 pounds, Punxsutawney Phil weighs 20 pounds.

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But its origins date back to the 1800s in the United States when it was brought over from Europe by German immigrants who later became known as Pennsylvanian Dutch. This year, when Space Farms' owner, New Jersey Assemblyman Parker Space (-Sussex), took him out for his prediction, Stonewall saw his shadow. "Someone has to nominate you and then you need to be approved by a Groundhog Day committee". Every year, thousands of people from across the U.S.travel to Punxsutawney.

The ancient German custom of Candlemas, the point midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, is what inspired what we now know as Groundhog Day.

Earlier this week, the groundhog posted that he was "waking up from hibernation".

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