Groundhog Day 2021: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Everyone’s favorite prognosticating groundhog has done it again.

Update 7:27 a.m. ET Feb. 2: On Tuesday morning, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow at Gobbler’s Knob and saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter.

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Original report: According to WPXI-TV and The Associated Press, Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil is slated to make his annual forecast early Tuesday from Gobbler’s Knob in a Groundhog’s Day tradition that began more than 130 years ago.

“With the help of the tuxedo-clad members of the mysterious Inner Circle, Phil shares his prediction with the world,” the Pennsylvania Tourism Office’s Holi-stay PA wrote in a news release. “If he sees his shadow, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of winter and returns to his hole, and if not, he predicts that spring is just around the corner.”

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Although the event usually draws an in-person audience of thousands, this year, fans will watch virtually as the lovable rodent comes out of his burrow around dawn, the news outlets reported. The change comes as the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

To watch the official live stream of the event, click here. Spectators will be treated to seasonal music, food and drink recipes, crafts and more, according to the tourism department’s news release.

In an Instagram post Tuesday morning, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club shared a video showing several life-size cardboard cutouts of spectators.

“The ‘crowd’ has started to arrive!” the club quipped in the caption. “We miss you this year, Groundhoggers!”

According to WPXI, over the years, Phil’s forecasting hasn’t been particularly accurate. He has been right just under 40% of the time, logging 104 predictions of a longer winter versus 20 forecasts of an early spring, the news outlet reported.

While we are about halfway through the winter season, many hope that Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow today. ...

Posted by NOAA NWS Weather Prediction Center on Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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