According to members of the Groundhog Club, Phil, after making the prediction, chatters to the club's president in "Groundhogese".
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.
The story of the holiday tradition declares that if the groundhog emerges early on the morning of February 2 and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather.
Handlers for Pennsylvania's most famous prognosticating groundhog say he didn't see his shadow when the sun rose Saturday.
Following a week of frigid temperatures that gripped the Midwest, all eyes were on Pennsylvania's famed groundhog on Saturday in hopes of signs of relief. If he doesn't see his shadow, an early spring is in the forecast. It's a. sequel? To Groundhog Day? They did, however, find an abundance of groundhogs, and a new tradition was born. However, some will hold to their winter wonders, as there's always a mixed bag of expectations for Phil on his big day.
A statement on their website states: "Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog". They also whistle when searching for a female groundhog, giving the creatures the nickname of "whistle pigs".
Not to dash spring-lovers dreams - Punxsuatawney Phil's accuracy is only around 39% to 40% over the past 133 years. Some of the events listed on the schedule include chain saw carving demos, a screening of the film Groundhog Day, the "Gobbler's Knob Got Talent" talent show and the Groundhog Ball, to name a few.