Dunkirk Dave, Punxsutawney Phil Predict Early Spring On Groundhog Day

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It’s Groundhog Day and two famous groundhogs in the area are in agreement this year.

The world famous wood-chuck Punxsutawney Phil and Dunkirk Dave are in agreement calling for an early spring.

Legend has it, if Phil or Dave see their shadow, that’s an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and he’ll crawl back into his hole.

Although if it’s cloudy, he’ll stay out signifying the end of bitter temperatures.

Punxsutawney Phil has been at it for 130 years, but Phil doesn’t have the best track record.

The brown fur-ball is only right about 40 percent of the time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

So even though Groundhog Day is a fun tradition that inspired a 1993 film of the same name.

If you really want to know about the weather, you’d be better off watching Dakota Hunter’s forecasts on WNYNewsNow.

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