Gordy predicts an early spring

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The idea of a "groundhog meteorologist", the website notes, came from Clymer Freas, a Punxsutawney newspaper editor who suggested the animal could predict the winter forecast.

During Groundhog Day, celebrated on 2nd February every year, if a groundhog sees its shadow - and returns back to its burrow, it means that the winter is going to continue.

Traditionally, Groundhog Day helped people to predict the weather for the year ahead.

Groundhog Day is a part of American and Canadian tradition that has been celebrated for hundreds of years!

Handlers for Pennsylvania's most famous prognosticating groundhog say he didn't see his shadow when the sun rose Saturday.

However, Punxsutawney Phil doesn't have the best track record when it comes to predicting the weather, he's only been right approximately 40% of the time in the last decade according to CNN.

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Manchester United's victory over Leicester at the King Power stadium saw Paul Pogba assist Marcus Rashford for the only goal of the game .

Fellow rodent forecasters, Punxsutawney Phil, Racine Zoo's Sunny and Jimmy the Groundhog of Sun Prairie, also failed to see their shadows, backing up Gordy's prediction of an early spring in 2019.

Staten Island Chuck: Chuck was earlier known as Charles G. Hogg. As per EW, it's called Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, and it will arrive at as-yet-unspecified date.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will provide updates on all of its social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (follow the hashtag #ghd2019 for coverage).

That's right, Groundhog Day isn't just a movie starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, it's very real, and it's a day celebrated in the U.S. and Canada with Dutch and German origin.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.

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