Fast facts about Groundhog Day 2019

Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths center holds Punxsutawney Phil

Modal Trigger Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil. AP

The annual event began in 1886, when a spirited group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" and proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, he will go back into hibernation, and there will be six more weeks of winter.

Fans wore custom-made balloon hats as they celebrated the 133rd Groundhog Day.

The first ever Groundhog Day was held in 1887 and has roots in the ancient Christmas tradition of Candlemas.

Groundhog Day is Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Some of the events listed on the schedule include chain saw carving demos, a screening of the film Groundhog Day, the "Gobbler's Knob Got Talent" talent show and the Groundhog Ball, to name a few. Groundhog Phil is expected to emerge from his burrow shortly after 7am ET (12pm GMT).

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later. Good thing, considering how our winter weather has been lately.

Groundhog Phil, the most famous animal meteorologist in the world, left his den in Pennsylvania on Saturday and didn't see his shadow, which predicts, according to popular tradition, that spring will rrive soon this year to the United States.

In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially stated that Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill". According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, the iconic creature's predictions are only 39 percent accurate. Not bad for a groundhog. Overall, the Post says, "Much like how you won your last coin toss, Phil is "right" in these regions because of chance".

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