Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter

Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter

This year, however, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the pomp and circumstance all went virtual meaning that the thousands of revelers who gather every February 2 in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see whether or not the famous groundhog sees his shadow were not there in person to celebrate. The lore goes that if he sees his shadow as he did this year, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring is on the way.

The annual ritual held at Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania, to see if a famous groundhog will emerge from his burrow and portend the end of winter will be held today. If not, an early spring is on the way.

CT marked Groundhog Day with a hedgehog making the prediction after the state's official groundhog, Chuckles X, died previous year.

The Groundhog Day tradition can be traced to Candlemas, an early Christian holiday where candles were blessed and distributed.

But this year, because of Covid-19, Groundhog Day - made famous in the 1993 film of the same name - will be off limits to the public and conducted virtually, with viewers able to watch online thanks to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office.

Of course, the first day of spring is technically March 20 this year, as the season officially starts with the vernal equinox.

"This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat". Murray returned to his groundhog adventure in a Super Bowl commercial with his co-star Stephen Tobolowsky, better known as Ned Ryerson, last year.

While every day of the last 11 months has felt like the plot of the movie "Groundhog Day", tomorrow actually is Groundhog Day. "The cycle will be broken".

Phil's predictions have been fairly even over the past six years from 2015 to 2020 with the groundhog predicting a longer winter three times and an early spring three times. If there were more typical weather days than atypical weather days, we had six more weeks of winter.

New York City's Staten Island Chuck disagreed, predicting an early spring in a video shown on the Staten Island Zoo's Facebook page.

Punxsutawney Phil doesn't have a strong track record for Syracuse and CNY.

Then Phil - assisted by an inner circle of organisers - will emerge at dawn, either to find his shadow or not. The numbers since 1998 show the groundhog's shadow is just as reliable as flipping a coin.

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