Tradition says that if the animal sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. Through his long-lived life, which is aided by his favorite drink of "Groundhog Punch", Phil has only predicted an early Spring 18 times. The "official" pronouncement comes from Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog and took place at about 7:30 a.m. EST (1230 GMT) at Gobbler's Knob, just outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal Phil's forecast every February 2.
Chuck has a difference of opinion with Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil. Phil's prediction this year? However, no matter his prediction, if this pattern stays, we might experience more early springs.
Punxsutawney might be less accurate than the flip of a coin. In the last 30 years, Phil is 7-for-30, based on the government's analysis of US temperature data.
Punxsutawney Phil is still the most famous of the groundhogs, thanks in part to the 1993 Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, which was adapted as a Broadway musical in 2016.
Traditional folklore states that on Groundhog Day, Phil will emerge from his burrow in front of faithful followers and share his weather predictions with the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese, who then translates him to the world. There is no record from 10 Groundhog Days.More news: US warns countries against aiding terrorists eyeing nuclear weapons
Punxitawney Phil's accuracy rate is around 39 percent.
The 132-year-old tradition is held every February 2, and was once a Christian holiday involving candles called Candlemas Day.
Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil's handlers announced Friday the weather prognosticator saw his shadow.
In addition to all of the Groundhog Day coverage on SILive.com, the Advance put together a Snapchat story about Chuck's big reveal.
He predicts that Phil and his successors will be long gone before forecasters will say with any precision what the weather will be like on a given day two or three months in the future. Now thousands of people from across the country travel to the small town of Punxsutawney, located 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.