Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has predicted another six weeks of harsh winter before he can start seeing signs of spring. As is tradition, the Groundhog Day ceremony took place today in Pennsylvania, the ‘groundhog day’ tradition made famous throughout the world by the 1993 film with Bill Murray.
It has been 137 years since in the small town of Gobbler Knob, north of Pittsburg, on February 2, which we celebrate as ‘Canderola Day’, the community gathers outside Phil’s groundhog den. Legend has it that if the marmot, when it comes out of its den when it wakes up, doesn’t see its shadow then there will be an early spring, but if it sees it there will still be six weeks of winter.
This year the ceremony, which attracts thousands of tourists every year, came during a wave of cold and snow that is affecting most of the southern states. Also in 2021 and 2022 the marmot predicted a longer winter.
Six more weeks of winter, it is! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow of him, meaning the cold weather will be sticking around a little bit longer. Watch the dramatic #GroundhogDay moment.
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