A First: Groundhog Day Falls On Super Bowl Sunday

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Hours before Super Bowl XLVII kicks off, we’ll know if spring is on its way.

Tomorrow marks the first time Groundhog Day has fallen on Super Bowl Sunday.

At the crack of dawn, Punxsutawney Phil will be summoned from his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., where observers will witness whether or not he sees his shadow.

Meanwhile, Buckeye Chuck will also make his prediction in Marion, Ohio.

The tradition dates back to medieval times when there was a superstition that all hibernating animals emerged from their caves and dens to check the weather on Candlemas, which is halfway between the winter solstice in December and the vernal equinox in March.

If the animals saw their shadows, winter would go on for another six weeks, and they could go back to sleep, according to the tradition.

Last year, both Buckeye Chuck and Phil predicted an early spring. Both got it wrong. A prosecutor in Ohio even filed a “criminal indictment” against Phil for his mistake. The “charges” were eventually dropped.

Chuck has predicted an early spring for the last four years.

Phil’s predictions prior to 2013:

2012: “Many shadows do I see, six more weeks of winter it must be.”
2011: “No shadow, spring is near!”
2010: “Phil saw his shadow and told his prediction to new Inner Circle President Bill Deeley.”
2009: “Phil saw his shadow and Inner Circle President Bill Cooper completed his final interpretation and retired at Gobbler’s Knob. It was 7:26 a.m.”

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