Members of the "Inner Circle" announced the furry rodent's official "forecast" around 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Gobbler's Knob. But with the ever-present threat of climate change on the brain, reactions to Phil's verdict this year were pretty mixed. If not, spring comes early.
Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow today, predicting an early spring.
Handlers for Pennsylvania's most famous prognosticating groundhog say he didn't see his shadow when the sun rose Saturday.
Though Punxsutawney Phil is the most well-known, other states celebrate with their own groundhogs too. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, meaning that spring is on its way. As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week‚Äôs unsafe Arctic blast, Pennsylvania‚Äôs most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around.
Why is Groundhog Day a thing? On that day, superstition held that if it were sunny and clear, a long winter was expected.
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They think I need to mark more, do more here, more than I am doing. "But we can not lose 4-0 to Bournemouth ", he concluded. If I have fun with my football, I want to play my football.
It's celebrated across North America, but in Punxsutawney they have a much more specific tradition.
In 1886, the local newspaper first mentioned the activities of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.
Historically, they also ate groundhog meat, but this practice has since died out.
Lots of people tune in each year for Punxsutawney Phil's big day, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared the groundhog has "no predictive skill".
The 1993 film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, gave world fame to the groundhog Phil, but he's not the only weather marmot.