Groundhog sees his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter

There will be six more weeks of winter, according to America's favorite groundhog.

Every Feb. 2, the marmot known as Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow in western Pennsylvania and looks to the ground for his shadow -- marking the annual celebration of Groundhog Day.

A local morning weather story, an excuse to relive the comedic Bill Murray cinematic classic, a legendary way to get your predictions around the start of spring -- Groundhog Day is all of these things and more. While many look forward to and enjoy Phil's February appearance, others are unsure what the prediction fuss is all about.

Get the information you need on Groundhog Day with answers to these frequently asked questions:

When did Groundhog Day start?

Groundhog Day stems from an ancient European celebration of Candlemas. A midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, legend has it that fair weather on Candlemas predicated a stormy and cold second half to winter. The celebration transformed in America, where Pennsylvania Germans incorporated the groundhog into the meteorologic prognostication.

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Handler John Griffiths introduces Punxsutawney Phil to the crowd at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Inner Circle member Jeff Lundy reads Phil's forecast at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Punxsutawney Phil rests in his enclosure following his annual forecast at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Handler John Griffiths introduces Punxsutawney Phil to the crowd at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Groundhog Club Inner Circle member Jeff Lundy holds a scroll with Punxsutawney Phil's forecast at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Groundhog Club President Bill Deeley listens to Punxsutawney Phil for his forecast while handler Ron Ploucha holds him at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Fireworks light the sky during a predawn display at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Barry Edwards of Lancaster, PA, wears a homemade lighted Phil hat at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Al Donst Jr. of Belvidere, NJ, wears a groundhog hat during his annual trek to Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Stephanie Eckert of Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, listens for Punxsutawney Phil's forecast at Gobbler's Knob on the 131st Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2017. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog emerged from his burrow on Thursday and predicted six more weeks of winter weather. REUTERS/Alan Freed
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Where did Punxsutawney Phil get his name?

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, after which Phil is named.

How many Punxsutawney Phil groundhogs have there been?

While the lifespan of a groundhog is roughly six years, those in the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle lightheartedly claim there is only one Phil, and all other groundhogs are impostors. It is also claimed that one groundhog has lived since 1886 -- sustained by a drink of "groundhog punch." It is unknown how many groundhogs have actually played Phil.

What happens if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow?

If the groundhog sees his shadow, legend has it there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, this implies an early spring.

How many times has Punxsutawney Phil seen his shadow?

Since 1887, the groundhog has seen his shadow 102 times -- forecasting a longer winter -- and not seen it 18 times.

How "right" is Phil?

Since 1988, the groundhog correctly predicted the weather 14 times and incorrectly 15 times. This is determined based on cross-referencing Phil's prediction with the national average temperature for the remainder of February.

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New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor BILL DE BLASIO recoils as Staten Island Chuck breaks free and drops to the stage during the 2014 Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter. © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
New York, New York, USA. 2nd Feb, 2014. New York City's Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrates GroundHog Day at The Staten Island Zoo. Staten Island Chuck predicted another six weeks of Winter.© 2014 © Bruce Cotler/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com/Alamy Live News
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 02: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the 2012 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2012 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 02: Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg attends the 2011 Groundhog's Day celebration at the Staten Island Zoo on February 2, 2011 in Staten Island borough of New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: A bandage and dried blood appear on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hand at Gracie Mansion for a Black History Month cocktail reception after he was bitten by a groundhog. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02: A bandage and dried blood appear on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's hand at Gracie Mansion for a Black History Month cocktail reception after he was bitten by a groundhog. (Photo by Andrew Theodorakis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Daily News front page dated February 3, 2009, Headline: BEAST THAT BIT THE MAYOR, S.I. Chuck's Groundhog Day Story, Mayor Bloomberg (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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