This morning, Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. A crowd on Gobbler’s Knob and visitors from all over the world tuned in virtually to see Phil make his weather prognostication for the 137th time.
A crowd more than 10,000 strong gathered at Gobbler’s Knob as members of Punxsutawney Phil’s “inner circle” summoned Phil from his tree stump to hear his highly anticipated prediction. Even Governor Josh Shapiro joined the celebration proving to be a “Phil Fanatic”!
The story of the holiday tradition declares that if the groundhog emerges early on the morning of February 2 and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter weather. Should he not see his shadow, we will have an early spring.
The tradition began in 1887 when a spirited group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney dubbed themselves “The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.” One member was an editor of Punxsutawney’s newspaper. Using his ink, he proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil, the local groundhog, to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog. He issued this proclamation on Groundhog Day. Phil’s fame spread, and newspapers from around the globe began to report his Gobbler’s Knob prediction.