Will groundhog give good news for winter sufferers?

Will groundhog give good news for winter sufferers?

Each year on February 2, America turns its attention to a town called Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to find out when winter will be over.

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Groundhog Day, an annual festival held since 1887, sees critter Punxsutawney Phil cheered on by crowds as he emerges from hibernation on his tiny hill in Gobbler's Knob.

The immigrants' Candlemas tradition traces back as far as the early 1700s when they began arriving in Pennsylvania.

Gentlemen in top hats form the inner circle and look after Phil and their prediction was somewhat a surprise as in past years they have often announced six more weeks of winter.

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.

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How accurate has the groundhog been?

Not to dash spring-lovers dreams - Punxsuatawney Phil's accuracy is only around 39% to 40% over the past 133 years.

Last year, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, but was proven wrong when temperatures rose through February and March. TIME tested the accuracy of various groundhogs based on their ability to predict the weather of their relative geographic area.

In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially stated that Punxsutawney Phil has "no predictive skill". Meanwhile, Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh, N.C.is 68% accurate, and Unadilla Bill of Unadilla Neb.is even better, claiming an impressive 83% accuracy rate.

Sony Pictures has teamed up with Tequila Works - the studio behind 2017's wonderful indie efforts Rime and The Sexy Brutale - for Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son. The entire town celebrates the day with a week-long festival.

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