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11 Photos From Groundhog Day 2024, Including Punxsutawney Phil, Who Predicted An Early Spring

Today is Feb. 2, which means it's Groundhog Day.

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The holiday, in which a groundhog's behavior is used to forecast weather, is a major deal in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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The event takes place at Gobbler's Knob, a hill near Punxsutawney.

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And today, a major crowd waited to see if a local groundhog, known as Punxsutawney Phil, would see his shadow.

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As the tradition goes, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, then six more weeks of winter are to be expected. If he doesn't, then spring is projected to come early.

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The Associated Press reports that Phil didn't see his shadow, which indicates the possibility of spring arriving soon.

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According to NPR, the tradition dates back to 1887.

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As for Phil's accuracy, the National Centers for Environmental Information reported last year that the groundhog predicted the weather correctly 30% of the time since 2013.

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They also reported that Phil typically predicts longer winters, having seen his shadow 107 times since 1887.

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Jeff Swensen / Getty Images

Notably, Phil is not the only weather-forecasting groundhog.

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Jeff Swensen / Getty Images

There's also a groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo in New York City, aptly named Staten Island Chuck. The zoo announced on Feb. 2 that Chuck also predicted an early spring.

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Staten Island Chuck and Punxsutawney Phil don't always agree every year, but this year they did. Here's hoping the synergy means an early spring is actually coming.