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

Groundhog handler Bill Deeley and Punxsutawney,Phi

Groundhog handler Bill Deeley and Punxsutawney,Phi

In 2015, Phil missed the mark when he predicted six more weeks of winter.

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.

With Groundhog Day upon us, thousands will watch in person and even more will tune in from home to see Punxsutawney Phil make his yearly prediction. If Phil doesn't, that means spring is approaching.

Space Farms' groundhogs have been predicting on Ground Hog Day for over 20 years with the exception of 2016 when Space went to check on Stonewall Jackson IV on the eve of Groundhog Day to find that he had passed away.

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"Boston to New York City and Philadelphia may see snow a few more times before the end of the season", AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok predicted. Welcome to six more weeks of winter. Mayor de Blasio famously dropped the Staten Island groundhog during the 2014 ceremony.

The weather-forecasting furry favorite greeted the large crowd gathered in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Friday and saw his shadow. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters.

Back the 1800s, the holiday was known as Candlemas, a Christian holiday celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the temple forty days after his birth and the purification of his mother, Mary. This year, when Space Farms' owner, New Jersey Assemblyman Parker Space (-Sussex), took him out for his prediction, Stonewall saw his shadow.

The first official Groundhog Day in the USA was in 1887 - though it is thought to have been celebrated before then - when a group of people made the trip to Gobbler's Knob in Puxsutawny to consult the rodent about the weather.

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The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal Phil's forecast every February 2.

Punxsutawney is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, which lies 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Earlier this week, the groundhog posted that he was "waking up from hibernation". Andie MacDowell stars as Murray's love interest and producer Rita.

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