On the other hand, our weather team says there's a good chance spring will come early to Texas this year, with above-normal temperatures in the forecast from February through April. Despite the claim that the groundhog has the ability to predict if spring will come early, many people question how accurate Phil's weather predictions are.
In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil emerged, and there was no sun, just clouds, according to The Washington Post. If Phil doesn't see his shadow, and early spring can be expected. After that, Phil tells the group's president his prediction, it is relayed to the crowd, and then it's back to eating granola bars and corn until next year. More of Phil's past predictions (link is external)(link is external) are also available from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. Thirty four of the 54 years he predicted more winter we had above average temperatures following the big day. For Ohioans more inclined to follow our own groundhog's forecast, Buckeye Chuck is on track to give his prediction at 7:40 a.m.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was not in attendance for the shadow reveal after he "dropped" Charlotte, a stand-in rodent for Groundhog Day in 2014. A big feast is held, and priests bless candles for the coming year on this day.
Staten Island Chuck a three-decade veteran of weather predictions indicates there'll be an early spring. Yet the animal has been right only 39 percent of the time.
However, Groundhog Day became a tradition over 130 years ago - dating back to 1880s.
Sussex County is home, at Space Farms, to weather-predicting groundhog Stonewall Jackson V who comes from a long line of oracular groundhogs- all named Stonewall Jackson. Now thousands of people from across the country travel to the small town of Punxsutawney, located 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.