Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019

Gwen Vasquez
February 3, 2019

Staten Island Chuck is getting all the attention for his early spring forecast, but the furry creature's new congressman had the most to say Saturday morning during the borough's annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo.

Regardless of this year's prediction, it may be worth noting that despite his reputation Punxsutawney Phil does not have the strongest track record for accurately predicting the weather.

Preparations for Groundhog Day 2019 began back on February 3, 2018 - right after Punxsutawney Phil issued his forecast of six more weeks of winter for that year.

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.

Members of Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil's inner circle revealed spring is coming early.

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He predicted six weeks of winter in 2016, 2017 and 2018 whereas temperatures were above average for February and March.

If he sees his shadow, he'll run back into the burrow, which means winter will be sticking around for another month and a half, but if he doesn't, he'll remain outside, signaling that spring is on the horizon! The news arrived on Saturday, which marks Groundhog Day in 2019. Read on to discover the origins of Groundhog Day. The entire town celebrates the day with a week-long festival.

First, Groundhog Day, the classic comedy from Bill Murray, is getting an official sequel.

Lots of people tune in each year for Punxsutawney Phil's big day, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared the groundhog has "no predictive skill".

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