Groundhog Day and the shadows of spring – it's a ritual for the entire country, based on the antics of a Pennsylvania groundhog named Phil.
Today's the day, Feb. 2, 2013. So, did that groundhog see his shadow and force six more weeks of winter in Foxborough?
It's going to be an early spring!
According to the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club website, Punxutawney Phil emerged from his borrow at 7:28 a.m. and saw no shadow.
Here are Phil's past few predictions (via Punxutawny Groundhog Club):
Phil saw his shadow
Phil saw his shadow and told his prediction to new Inner Circle President Bill Deeley.
Phil saw his shadow and Inner Circle President Bill Cooper completed his final interpretation and retired at Gobblers Knob.
Here's 5 Fun Facts About Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil (from the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club):
- On Feb. 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
- The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
- Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on Feb. 2, 1887.
- So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
- The gentlemen in the top hats are known as the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle. They're a group of local dignitaries responsible for carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day every year. They're the ones who are not only responsible for planning the events every year, but they're also responsible for the feeding and care of Phil himself.
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