It's Groundhog Day again in the United States

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right

Punxsutawney Phil left vs. Staten Island Chuck right

It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the USA thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs. But don't get too excited. His New York counterpart, Staten Island Chuck, also predicted an early spring.

Regardless of this year's prediction, it may be worth noting that despite his reputation Punxsutawney Phil does not have the strongest track record for accurately predicting the weather.

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow today, predicting an early spring.

Phil will share his prediction with his Inner Circle during the Groundhog Day Picnic, which kicks off around 6:00 a.m. ET. Phil's handlers said that the groundhog has forecast an early spring.

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct.

Mother Nature hadn't been all that kind to the region as Groundhog Day approached.

It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the US thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Since hedgehogs aren't native to the United States, another hibernating animal was chosen in their stead: the groundhog.

Katie Wolf of New Cumberland, Pa., wears a groundhog costume to the 133rd Groundhog Day celebration on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

But Punxsutawney Phil is arguably the most famous, as well as a supporting character in the popular Bill Murray comedy "Groundhog Day". Since then, the quirky tradition has ballooned into a multi-day spectacle for the town.

Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, Immersive Entertainment, and Tequila Works have announced Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, a sequel to the 1993-released film Groundhog Day, for PlayStation VR, Oculus, and Vive.

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