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Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil's Predictions Over The Last 10 Years

First Posted: 01/30/2012 5:33 pm Updated: 01/30/2012 5:33 pm

What will Punxsutawney Phil predict on Groundhog Day this year?

On February 2, the resident groundhog of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania will emerge from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob to let a waiting crowd know how much longer winter will last this year.

According to groundhog.org, for 125 years Phil "comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground."

Perhaps it's an inexact science.

According to LiveScience, Groundhog Day originated "in the Old World with an ancient celebration of the midpoint between the winter solstice and spring Equinox." As of 2011, biology professor Stam Zervanos told the news organization that Punxsutawney Phil had about a 39 percent accuracy of predicting the weather.

The Telegraph writes that crowds of up to 40,000 people turn out to watch the groundhog -- the number increased following the Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day."

Take a look at Phil's prediction from the last 10 years:

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Official Groundhog Handler Bill Deeley holds Punxsutawney Phil February 2, 2002 after the groundhog made his yearly weather prediction in Punxsutawney, Pa. Phil predicted six more weeks of winter in front of a estimated crowd of over 40,000. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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