Cornershot: 'Groundhog Day,' the movie, turns 25

What does NOAA predict for the rest of the winter in Ohio? A review from Punxsutawney Phil (video)

That means six more long, snowy weeks.

Punxsutawney Phil's observation came today despite a weather report forecasting a cloudy, shadowless day.

Climate Central looked at the average temperature trend for the six weeks following Groundhog Day in dozens of locations.

As legend has it, Phil will wake from hibernation on February 2 and if he sees his shadow as he emerges from his burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

Despite Phil's prognostication, hope for warmer days is not all lost: turns out Staten Island Chuck, Phil's marmot rival, predicted an early spring.

Groundhog Day is of course observed in other locations in Pennsylvannia, as well as New York, Texas, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

If it does not see its shadow, spring will arrive soon.

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The Punxsutawney website insists there has only ever been one Phil-throughout all 132 Groundhog Day ceremonies which dates back to 1886.

The line of groundhogs that have since been known as Phil might be America's most famous groundhogs, but other towns across North America now have their own weather-predicting rodents, from Birmingham Bill to Staten Island Chuck to Shubenacadie Sam in Canada. Spring came early in 2016, thanks to a super El Nino.

If you tune into Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., on Friday, you'll see a groundhog, men in top hats and - maybe - a shadow. After coming out of his burrow on Groundhog Day 2018, the critter has determined whether we'll have a longer winter or early spring.

If the groundhog comes out and the day is cloudy and he can not see his shadow, he will take this as a sign of spring and stay above the ground. Eastern Time. Spectators, seemingly unfazed by the bitter cold, watched and danced to music as the handlers announced Phil's prediction. Let's be clear, taken at face value, they're not.

"The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day", according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

They even made a movie with Bill Murray about Groundhog Day, called "Groundhog Day" (I know, creativity is their strong suit). Murray, who plays a weatherman in the film, gets trapped in a time warp and has to relive the day over and over again until he gets it right.

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