Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring

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The announcement came at the official ceremony at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania early Saturday morning.

For the last two years, Phil has got his predictions wrong.

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

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

And Punxsutawney Phil delivered good news on Groundhog Day morning, failing to see his shadow and thus predicting an early spring is on its way, according to local lore. 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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Despite Phil and other groundhogs' predictions of an early spring, meteorologists said the groundhogs do not have an advantage in predicting the weather during the past few years. It's a. sequel? To Groundhog Day?

Jeff Lundy from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club welcomed the largest crowd ever seen on Groundhog Day Saturday as the country learned spring was on the way. However, some will hold to their winter wonders, as there's always a mixed bag of expectations for Phil on his big day. Since hedgehogs aren't native to the United States, another hibernating animal was chosen in their stead: the groundhog.

Punxsutawney Phil is the legendary furry forecaster who predicts the weather, relaying his answer to the Groundhog Club President.

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!

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