Punxsutawney Phil makes his Groundhog Day prediction - 6 more weeks of winter
Punxsutawney Phil made his Groundhog Day prediction this morning. The famous Pennsylvania groundhog says we will have six more weeks of winter.
People waited early this morning to learn whether the furry critter in a western Pennsylvania town would predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter.
People gathered at Gobbler's Knob as members of Punxsutawney Phil's “inner circle” summoned him from his tree stump at dawn to learn if he saw his shadow. According to folklore, there will be six more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow. If he doesn’t, spring comes early.
The event took place virtually last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, depriving the community, which is about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh, of a boost from tourists.
It was streamed live and seen by more than 15,000 viewers worldwide at one point. About 150 cardboard cutouts of fans were there to “watch.”
The annual event has its origin in a German legend about a furry rodent.
According to records dating back to 1887, Phil has predicted winter more than 100 times. Ten years were lost because no records were kept, organizers said.
The 2020 forecast called for an early spring.