The snowstorm nor the pandemic didn't stop Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) from making his yearly prediction.

Since 1887, every February 2nd, folks have been gathering at Gobbler's Knob (a tiny hill outside of Punxsutawney, PA), to witness the groundhog make his prediction for the remainder of winter.

If Phil sees his shadow, six more weeks of winter it shall be, if not, than an early spring for you and me!

Despite a cloudy morning in Punxsutawney, the groundhog SAW HIS SHADOW. Yep, six more weeks of winter it is!


Groundhog Day has its roots in the ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas, when clergy would bless and distribute candles needed for winter. The candles represented how long and cold the winter would be. Germans expanded on this concept by selecting an animal—the hedgehog—as a means of predicting weather.

I just wanna know how he saw his shadow with no sun? I mean, it was cloudy and snowing right?

For the record, Phil has predicted more winter WAY more times than an early spring, like 106-20.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's celebration was virtual with cardboard cutouts for an audience. Phil was live-streamed and had around 15,000 viewers at one point according to apnews.

The 1993 Harold Ramis directed film, "Groundhog Day", stars Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, and Chris Elliot. One of the highest-grossing films of '93, Murray's character Phil Conners, becomes trapped reliving the same day until he learns not to be such a curmudgeon.

It is now considered to be one the greatest comedies of all time.

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