Gertie the Groundhog predicts the weather... and the Super Bowl winner

By Alyssa Donovan

February 2, 2013 Updated Feb 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM CDT

HANNA CITY, Ill.-- Groundhog’s Day is a big day for one of the country's most famous weather-casters.

But Punxutawney Phil isn't always right.

Peoria’s very own Gertie the Groundhog gave her own predictions on Saturday.

With the help of over 150 guests, local musician Barry Cloyd sang his annual wake up song to Gertie the Groundhog at Wild life Prairie State Park.

After two rounds of the song, she finally popped up…without seeing her shadow.

Legend has it…that means we are going to have an early spring!

And Peoria resident Cindy Parr says that’s okay with her.

Parr said, "She did not see her shadow so hopefully we get to have spring and that's what I want!"

Wildlife Prairie State Park Marketing Volunteer, Jan Brown said, "Gertie has a very good accuracy record in the past 24 years her accuracy record is 74%."

That's better than the famous Punxutawney Phil…he’s only right 39% of the time!

Still, both little weather casters predicted a spring season ready to wake from its slumber.

And Gertie doesn't just predict the weather, she also predicts the Super Bowl winner.

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will go head-to-head for the title of Super Bowl 47 Champion.

"Now that the Super Bowl happens after Groundhog Day, she kind of whispered in our ears that she'd like to do that," said Brown. "And Gertie predicted that the Ravens are going to win!"

Park officials say so far, Gertie has been two-for-two in guessing the winner of the big game.

We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out if Gertie is three-for-three.

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