Groundhog Gives Good News For Winter Sufferers

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The VR game is a sequel to the 1993 Groundhog Day movie, taking place many years after the events of the film.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania at sunrise and didn't see his shadow.

That's right, Groundhog Day isn't just a movie starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, it's very real, and it's a day celebrated in the United States of America and Canada with Dutch and German origin.

"There is no shadow of me, a attractive spring it shall be", Punxsutawney Phil's scroll read Saturday morning.

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Tradition suggests that means spring is coming early.

He predicted six weeks of winter in 2016, 2017 and 2018 whereas temperatures were above average for February and March. According to NOAA's data, Phill has made the right prediction about 40% of the time in the last ten years. And while Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous weather-predicting groundhog, he is not the only one.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.

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In the Scenic City, Chattanooga Chuck saw his shadow, meaning he is predicting six more weeks of winter. They also whistle when searching for a female groundhog, giving the creatures the nickname of "whistle pigs".

According to Stormfax, Phil's predictions have been correct in 39 percent of the time.

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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