DC's groundhog makes his prediction on spring - 6 more weeks

Groundhog handler Bill Deeley and Punxsutawney,Phi

Anyone originally from a frigid winter state knows all about the fuss over Groundhog Day, the annual February 2 ritual. However, no matter his prediction, if this pattern stays, we might experience more early springs. There, they wait until sunrise, when Phil leaves his home to look for his shadow. What does it mean? Legend has it, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter are headed our way. Meanwhile, in New York City, Staten Island Chuck declared an early spring is on the way. To learn more about how Punxsutawney Phil's forecasts have compared to US national temperatures since 1988, visit our Groundhog Day page. The gates at Gobbler's Knob open at 3 a.m. ET.

If you ask Phil's handlers, called - no joke - the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, the groundhog's predictions aren't geographically specific (they always come to pass somewhere).

Phil has been correct about 65 percent of the time based on 117 years of available records, according to Penn Live.

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The traditions mark Groundhog Day, which is Friday.

Phil is not the only weather-predicting groundhog on the East Coast. These Germans who traveled to the USA and settled in Pennsylvania continued to practice the tradition where they changed the animal from a hedgehog to a groundhog, because of a large population of the latter in Pennsylvania.

The odds are not in the favor of those hoping for an early spring, as Phil has only predicted it 18 times in the last 132 years. That there will be six more long, long weeks of winter ahead.

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Groundhogs aren't the only creatures thought to predict winter.

Just hours after Ohio's official weather-forecasting groundhog Buckeye Chuck predicted six more weeks of winter, a light dusting of snow fell over Marion.

However, Chuck has been right 80 per cent of the time, while Phil's accuracy is much lower at 40 per cent.

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However, other parts of the country have their own groundhogs which are believed to be the true forecasters of the weather.

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