It was Phil’s 131st prediction, an institution in the Western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney that dates back to 1886. The tradition stems from Candlemas, an ancient European celebration midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Since the tradition began, Phil’s seen his shadow more than 100 times and hasn’t seen it 18 times.
The Climate Prediction Center, anticipates a warmer February, while NOAA says the three coldest months of the year are December, January and February. Scientists think this tradition makes little or no sense. They explain that sex is the real motivation: woodchucks males popped out of their burrows each February, probably checking things out and deciding when they should start waking up females to mate. The basic idea for humans which remains is to celebrating a midwinter festival.