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Groundhog Day 2014: Everything you need to know about Punxsutawney Phil

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On Feb. 2, 2014, Ground Day will coincide with the Super Bowl for the first time in history. Many people will witness the reveal of a possible early spring during the morning and shift over to the big game by the evening. Everyone does want to know what's going on with the furry little guy though and that is why "Groundhog Day" and "Punxsutawney Phil" were trending across search engines and social media on Feb. 1, 2014.

When the little guy comes out on Groundhog Day 2014, everyone will be aware of whether spring is coming or if this harsh winter is going to continue on even longer.

A lot of people know about the whole ordeal, but they don't know exactly what is at stake here. They can never quite remember what comes with him seeing his shadow or not.

  • If Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter weather.
  • If Phil does not see his shadow, it means that he has predicted an early spring.

The prognosticating rodent emerges every single year on Groundhog Day in Gobbler's Knob, which is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The rest of the year, he lives in the town library with his "wife" Phyllis.

Some other great tidbits to know before Groundhog Day 2014 arrives:

  1. Punxsutawney Phil only has an accuracy rating of about 39 percent, according to Stormfax.
  2. Yes, it's his "shadow" that gets the credit, but Phil makes his prediction by giving "a chirp and a click and a wink of an eye."
  3. The first Groundhog Day was back in 1997 when it was adopted in the United States by Clymer H. Freas, the editor of the local paper "Punxsutawney Spirit." The origin of the holiday goes back to ancient Europe.
  4. After "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray was released back in 1993, tens of thousands of people began heading to the city every year to watch the forecast given in person.

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