Groundhogs Day is one of the most iconic and looked forward too days out of the entire year. Every February 2ndthe United States and Canada look to this animal for guidance and relieve. If the Groundhog burrows up from his sleep and is unable to find its shadow winter will end early and spring will come. The animal unfortunately is usually wrong, but this will mark only the 19thtime out of 124 recordings that he has not seen his shadow. And given the polar vortex the entire country experienced only a few short weeks ago with temperatures reaching extreme record lows some places 60 below zero, this news could not be any better.

Now where does this American holiday customs come from. Well it is not an original American holiday. It comes from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from the ground and sees its shadow there will be another 6 weeks of winter. Originally celebrated by German communities in the late 1800’s it is still a relevant and exciting holiday today. The official year when the Groundhog was first recorded was in 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

The legendary Pennsylvania Groundhog named Phil draws nearly 40,000 people to the reveal each year to see what he will do. And this year was no different. The name Phil was given to the Groundhog to indirectly correlate to Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

The amazing day this year drew large crowds and the result could not have made Americans happier with the horribly frigid temperatures that have battered the Midwest and northeast parts of the United States.

Phil has a 46% accuracy when predicting a longer and harsher winter according to meteorologist Tim Rouche and the publication Weather Underground and about a 37% accuracy predicting an early spring according the Bureau of Meteorology. So, we all should not be too quick in believing or getting hopes up based off the actions of Phil. But for the moment spring will come early for all Americans.