Happy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil says a handsome spring it will be

As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week's risky Arctic blast, Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog geared up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around.

Perhaps getting a little too ahead of himself, another member of Phil's Inner Circle held up a sign reading, "Get out your swimsuits".

February 2 is when groundhog Punxsutawney Phil announces if we'll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter. That could mean Phil won't see his shadow, which would mean we are in for an early spring. The answer is determined by a group of top-hatted men, who consult a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, dubbed the "seer of seers". As Data from the Stormfax Almanac shows, Phil's predictions have been right a whopping 39 percent of the time.

'I saw Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day.

How accurate has the groundhog been?

Chattanooga Chuck, a distant cousin of our friend Phil, will make a similar, if less opulent, appearance Saturday morning at 10:30am at the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey lobby.

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Groundhog Day still not making sense? The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Since 1988, the national average temperature in the U.S.

Punxsutawney Groundhog Club records date back to 1887.

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.

1886 was the first recorded year that Groundhog Day was celebrated in Punxsutawney, according to the local newspaper.

According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club traces the introduction of the animal to Germany, where people initially using hedgehogs as the hibernating mammal of choice.

If you can't be there to watch Phil's prediction in person, you can live stream it here.

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