Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil predicts rare early spring

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right

Nearly everyone of a certain age has fond memories of 1993's Groundhog Day - the Bill Murray-staring film where one man lives the same day over and over again until he gets things right.

"Since 1988, the groundhog was "right" 13 times and "wrong" 15 times", the publication reported. Since 1988, the national average temperature in the U.S.

Groundhog Day's roots extend much further back in history than its American tradition. Among some of the most popular Groundhogs is Staten Island Chuck (previously known as Charles G. Hogg). By 7:16 a.m., Phil's followers were receiving word from the Inner Circle Vice President Jeff Lundy that they were (unofficially) a part of the largest Groundhog Day crowd ever.

"Every February 2nd, we look forward to celebrating this beloved Pennsylvania tradition with the rest of the world", said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed their forecast at sunrise on Saturday, as the Midwest and East Coast recovered from this week's unsafe polar vortex and freezing cold temperatures.

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West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $54.47 per barrel, up 24 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last settlement. MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe rose 0.02 percent and emerging market stocks fell 0.03 percent.

It was with these things in mind that Phil's fans and followers flocked to Gobbler's Knob first thing Saturday morning - after a full day of activities and the Groundhog Banquet on Friday - to hear what the Seer of Seers had to say. If you plan to be one of them, there's plenty to do before and after the major weather reveal.

Rime developer Tequila Works has announced that it's teaming up with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality to release Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son on the PlayStation VR.

The Groundhog Club has shared videos on its Instagram of Saturday's ceremonies.

That's right, Groundhog Day isn't just a movie starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, it's very real, and it's a day celebrated in the United States of America and Canada with Dutch and German origin.

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