History Moment: Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the arrival of Spring since 1887.

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The Groundhog Day was an evolution of Europe’s Candlemas Day. According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, when the “traditional belief was introduced to Germany that an animal was introduced into the lore, hence another evolution of February 2nd.” Then, the holiday arrived in Punxsutawney by the way of German immigrants.

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Punxsutawney Phil's prediction accuracy is correct about 30% of the time over the past decade.

His 2023 prediction of a long winter was about 50/50, where “the contiguous United States saw above average temperatures in February and slightly below average temperatures in March of last year,” said NOAA.

Punxsutawney Phil Looks For His Shadow In Annual Groundhog Day Tradition
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