But while the Pennsylvania town's forecasting groundhog may be the most famous weather-predicting animal, he's sure not the only one.
We at Surge Desk certainly want to know when winter will wrap up, so we've decided to get the best possible idea of what the future holds by looking at the many upstarts who would love to share Punxsutawney Phil's fame -- and maybe knock him down a peg or two.
Ohio has depended on this fellow as its official weather-forecasting groundhog since 1979.
Staten Island Chuck
Staten Island Chuck, whose full name is the regal Charles G. Hogg, lives at the Staten Island Zoo. He has one very powerful enemy: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom the groundhog bit during the 2009 Groundhog Day ceremony.
Smith Lake Jake
This groundhog forecasts live from the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama.
Canadians may be winter-tough, but they like to think of spring, too. Wiarton Willie resides in Ontario. In what may be the most explosive groundhog scandal yet, Wiarton Willie died just days before Groundhog Day 1999, at the impossible-to-verify old age of 22. But it turned out that his coffin held a stuffed groundhog. Wiarton is currently on its second Willie replacement, known as Wee Willie 2.
General Beauregard Lee
Georgia's answer to Phil is remarkably well educated for a groundhog, having been awarded honorary degrees naming him a "Doctor of Weather Prognostication" (University of Georgia) and "Doctor of Southern Groundology" (Georgia State University).
Orphie lives in Lancaster County, Pa., practically in Punxsutawney Phil's shadow.shadow.
Those are just some of the many forecasting groundhogs gearing up for their big day. Others include Dunkirk Dave of Dunkirk, N.Y.; French Creek Freddie of French Creek, W.Va.; Woodstock Willie of Woodstock, Ill.; Malverne Mel of Malverne, N.Y.; Jimmy the Groundhog of Sun Prairie, Wis.; Stormy Marmot of Aurora, Colo.; Shubenacadie Sam of Nova Scotia, Canada; Balzac Billy of Alberta, Canada; and many more.
Special mention goes out to Mount Dora Mike and Mount Dora Millie, a tortoise-and-hare duo from Florida, for trying to break the groundhog monopoly on Feb. 2 forecasting.
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