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Groundhog Phil predicted early spring for Americans

Famous Groundhog Phil from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, did not see his shadow today. According to legend, this means the early spring.

The so-called Groundhog Day is held in America on February 2. On this day members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club get Phil out of his Gobbler's Knob, and "translate" his speech from "groundhogese" into English. Every year this event gathers thousands of tourists.

As noted by USA Today, for all the time of observing Phil, he predicted early spring 19 times. In total, he predicted the weather 133 times, but data on ten forecasts were not preserved. Meteorologists, however, say that his predictions often turn out to be wrong.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has been organizing a forecast since 1887, however, this tradition became world-famous after the comedy “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993.

American Groundhog Day coincides with the celebration of Candlemas, the Christian "festival of lights" in Europe, marking the middle of winter.

Phil’s forecast is hard to believe this year as Midwest and East of USA are surviving the record frosts down to - 50 degrees Celsius.

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