Thousands of Punxsutwaney Phil fans watched as the grand groundhog made his highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 130 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition. What did Groundhog Phil predict this year?
Punxsutawney Phil ‘Predicts’ Early Spring
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he “predicted” an early spring. Per chance this winter has come to an end? There i…
Crowd of Groundhog Day revelers
Thousands of fans watched as Phil made his highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 130 years of Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition. Crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob for a multi-day festival celebrating the town’s most famous resident – Punxsutawney Phil.
The Legends and Lore of Groundhog Day
Did you know that a bear brought the forecast to the people of France and England, not a groundhog? German’s looked to a badger for a sign and, in the 1800s, German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought their Candlemas legends and folklore with them. They found no badgers but plenty of groundhogs there and they adapted what the Farmer’s Almanac describes as the New World species to fit the lore.
Today that lore has grown into a full-blown festival, with Punxsutawney Phil presiding. For all things groundhog, visit the folks at Punxsutawney and see what Phil is predicting this year.
Back In The Day
In 2016, the folks of Punxsutawney, PA, celebrate their 130th event, Punxsutawney Phil was predicting the weather for over a century. Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Groundhog Day: Fun Facts
- During Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 weeks of winter if he didn’t get a drink.
- In 1986, he visited President Reagan in Washington, D.C.
- In 1993, Columbia Pictures released the movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray.
- In 1995, Phil was on the Oprah Winfrey Show and in 2001 he enjoyed a tour of New York City including appearances on Regis Philbin Live, the CBS Early Show, and CNN.
- In 2003, Governor Edward G. Rendell was the first Pennsylvania governor to participate in the Annual Trek to Gobbler’s Knob with the Inner Circle.
- Phil is also a social media user. His prediction was available via text in 2010 and more than 35,000 worldwide earned the “PA Groundhog Day” Foursquare Badge on Feb. 2, 2013.