Punxsutawney Phil makes prediction for the winter ahead

Get ready -- according to Punxsutawney Phil, the United States is in for a long winter. 

The famous groundhog emerged from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and was greeted by his own shadow. As legend has dictated for over 130 years, if Phil sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter lie ahead. 

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Groundhog Club Inner Circle members Dave Gigliotti and Dan McGinnis welcome a large crowd at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Co-handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil for the crowd gathered at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Groundhog Club Inner Circle member Jeff Lundy holds a scroll revealing Punxsutawney Phil's forecast for six more weeks of winter at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Groundhog Club Inner Circle member Jeff Lundy holds a scroll revealing Punxsutawney Phil's forecast for six more weeks of winter at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
One of Punxsutawney Phil's followers holds a sign encouraging warmer weather at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Ryan Teti, of Youngstown, Ohio, wears a groundhog hat while watching the festivities at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Groundhog co-handler A.J. Derume holds Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Punxsutawney Phil greets reporters at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Alex Domingo of Indianapolis, Indiana, watches early morning entertainment at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
Groundhog Club Inner Circle member Jeff Lundy reads Phil's prediction of six more weeks of winter at Gobbler's Knob on the 132nd Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, U.S. February 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alan Freed
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Groundhog Day has been commemorated on February 2 in the United States and Canada since 1887. Lore states that Punxsutawney Phil has been around since 1886, though scientists say the lifespan of an average groundhog is roughly six years

Over the years, Phil has predicted an early spring only 18 times. In 1942, the groundhog only saw a partial shadow, and the official record stated that his shadow was "blacked out" by war clouds from World War II. 

According to Stormfax, Punxsutawney Phil's predictions have been right 39% of the time. However, members of the  Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle claim that the groundhog is always correct, and any misunderstanding is due to human error. 

See Punxsutawney Phil through the years: 

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(Original Caption) Pittsburgh, Pa.: The big day for groundhogs is February 2nd and the weather prediction for western Pennsylvania for that day is cold with a possibility of snow or rain. The star of the day is Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who lives at Goobler's Knob, but who won't make his appearance until 2/2 to forecast how long winter will last. However, Pittsburgh won't make his appearance until 2/2 to forecast how long winter will last. However, Pittsburgh Greta took a peek outside her zoo cage and beat a hasty retreat 2/1, no sun just cold winds. It looks like Punxsutawney Phil already has his weather prediction, more winter.
384962 01: Groundhog handler William Deeley holds up Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, January 30, 2001 at a Manhattan, New York hotel. Punxsutawney Phil was in town to make media appearances in preparation of Groundhog Day on February 2, 2001. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Newsmakers)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, UNITED STATES: Members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle watch as William Deeley (L) raises the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil after Phil emerged from his burrow at daybreak 02 February, 2001 during the Groundhog Day celebration at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Phil saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. AFP PHOTO/David MAXWELL (Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
400473 10: Members of Punxsutawneys 'Inner Circle' tap on Punxsutawney Phils door as they entice him out February 2, 2002 during the annual Groundhog day event in Punxsutawney, Pa. Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter in front of a estimated crowd of over 40,000. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 1: A groundhog peaks out from his man-made den at the Groundhog Zoo in Barley Park on the eve of Groundhog Day on February 1, 2004 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. As the custom goes, if Punxsutawney Phil (a large burrowing rodent) emerges from hibernation to see his own shadow, he will take this as a sign of six more weeks of winter, and return to his burrow. (Photo by Archie Carpenter/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Bill Deeley presents weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to the crowd at Gobbler's Knob during the annual Groundhog day event February 2, 2003 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Phil, having seen his shadow, predicted six more weeks of winter. (Photo by Archie Carpenter/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, UNITED STATES: (FILES) This 02 February, 2001 file photo shows Punxsutawney Phil, held by his handler, William Deeley during the Groundhog Day celebration at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil travelled to Washington, DC 07 December, 2004 to attend a press conference with US Representative John Peterson, R-PA to defend the $100,000 USD Grant for the Punxsutawney Weather Museum. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Peterson and the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil as the December Co-Porkers of the Month for jointly defending the grant for the weather center. Punxsuntany Phil is usually shown to the public during a nationally-televised ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, every 02 February. Old German legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on that day, cold weather will last another six weeks. If, on the other hand, he does not, early spring is on the way. AFP PHOTO/FILES/DAVID MAXWELL (Photo credit should read DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Official groundhog handler Bill Deeley holds Punxsutawney Phil as he talks to the local media February 2, 2005 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Phil predicted six more weeks of winter in front of an estimated crowd of over 18000. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler Ben Hughes looks at Punxsutawney Phil, while co-handler John Griffiths holds him after he saw his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of winter during festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb 2, 2008. Groundhog Day is a popular traditon in the United States and Canada. This year a crowd of 40,000 spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If the groundhog sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of 6 more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. If he doesn't see his shadow, it is a sign of an early spring and he stays above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler Ben Hughes watches Punxsutawney Phil after he did not see his shadow predicting an early spring during the 125th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2011 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 15,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of winter during 126th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2012 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 15,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 25,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 02: Punxsutawney Phil climbs on the shoulder of groundhog co-handler John Griffiths after Phil didn't see his shadow and predicting an early spring during the 127th Groundhog Day Celebration at Gobbler's Knob on February 2, 2013 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The Punxsutawney 'Inner Circle' claimed that there were about 35,000 people gathered at the event to watch Phil's annual forecast. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Punxsutawney Phil relaxes in his cage after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 25,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Groundhog co-handler John Griffiths holds up groundhog Punxsutawney Phil after Phil's annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob on the 130th Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania February 2, 2016. Punxsutawney Phil, a famed U.S. groundhog with an even more famous shadow, emerged from his burrow on Tuesday and predicted an early spring. REUTERS/Alan Freed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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