For those of you battling the harsh winter storms, it will most likely come as a relief to know that Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, failed to see his shadow on Tuesday morning.
Considered a yearly tradition by the people of Punxsutawney, PA, Groundhog Day predicts whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter or if spring will come early. Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Inner Circle of The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club made the following statement on Tuesday morning:
“Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end? There is no shadow to be cast, an early Spring is my forecast!”
Over 10,000 people showed up for the morning’s festivities which featured live music, dancing, and local vendors providing food for the crowd who had been partying since Monday night.
Truth be told, Phil would have seen his shadow on Tuesday morning with the clear skies and 20 degree weather, however the Inner Council actually decides on the forecast months beforehand. Records dating back to 1887 reveal that over 102 long winters were predicted with only 18 early springs.
However, not all states agreed with Mr. Phil on his prediction with Michigan’s Woody the Woodchuck and Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck predicting six more weeks of winter.
Only time and the weather will tell what unfolds over the next six weeks.