Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most well-known groundhog, saw his shadow Fri morning, predicting six more several weeks of winter.
A rival groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, predicted springtime will be coming early after this individual did not see his shadow upon Friday.
But Phil typically gets best billing. The groundhog came out of hibernation Friday morning in Pennsylvania in order to forecast the weather for the next 6 weeks. Legend has it if the furry rodent casts a shadow on Groundhog Day time, Feb. 2, expect six a lot more weeks of winter-like weather. Otherwise, expect spring-like temperatures.
However , Phil’s prediction was decided ahead of time from the top hat and tuxedo-wearing people of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Internal Circle. The group makes the announcement upon Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill simply outside of Punxsutawney, Pa. The small local community is about 65 miles northeast associated with Pittsburgh.
Records dating back to 1887 show Phil predicting more wintertime 102 times while forecasting an earlier spring just 18 times. Simply no records exist for the remaining yrs.
Individuals gathered at Gobbler’s Knob in 3 a. m. ET in order to await the decision announced around seven: 25 a. m. ET.
The tradition grew within popularity in Punxsutawney following the launch of the comedy “Groundhog Day, inch starring Bill Murray. Murray, who plays a weatherman in the film, gets trapped within a time warp and has to re-experience the day over and over again until he will get it right.
Before the movie premiered, Phil was lucky to have a couple 100 people attend the event. Now a large number of people from across the country travel to the little town of Punxsutawney, located 84 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Sibel News’ Jennifer Earl and the Connected Press contributed to this report.