PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (WHTM) — On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s own world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter from his snowy burrow. The prediction comes during the virtual 135th Groundhog Day celebration from Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.
“Groundhog Day is a beloved Pennsylvania tradition that has been embraced wholeheartedly by Phil’s faithful fans from around the world for generations,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “Although we couldn’t celebrate together in person this year, viewers could experience the magic of Phil’s prediction virtually by watching from their homes while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety.”
The tradition declares if the groundhog emerges early on the morning of February 2 and sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter weather are to follow. Should he not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
The annual event began in 1886 when a group of groundhog hunters dubbed themselves “The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.” The group proclaimed Punxsutawney Phil to be the one and only weather prognosticating groundhog.
“Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication is a tradition we are proud to share with the world each year,” said Groundhog Club Inner Circle President Jeff Lundy. “Seeing America’s furriest weather predictor extraordinaire spread joy each February directly from Punxsutawney is an honor and a privilege.”
Phil, like many in years past, gave his forecast during a major snowstorm that hit the entire Northeast.