Whiz https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1753396540079567047 from the Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney did not see his shadow after leaving the hole. According to the annual ritual, this means that spring is just around the corner, the AP agency wrote.
The rodent’s full title is: “Phil of Punxsutawney, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Forecaster of Forecasters and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire.”
Much more often than spring, however, it predicts a long winter, which isn’t a bad guess given the cold weather that often persists into March in Pennsylvania. But in reality, according to US authorities, Phil’s prediction came true in about 40 percent of cases.
Just after sunrise, the local “whiz club”, founded in 1887, announced that Phil had not seen his shadow this year. According to tradition, it heralds that spring will come soon. On the other hand, if the rodent saw its shadow, it would mean that winter would last six more weeks.
In recent years, about 10,000 people have visited Punxsutawney for the traditional Groundhog Day ceremony, according to the AP. Festivities begin before dawn and culminate with the marmot of the forecast. Warmly dressed spectators had the opportunity to watch the concert and fireworks.
The recessional ceremony, which has its roots in the German legend associated with the Groundhog Day holiday, was greatly popularized by the 1993 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.
The origin of the marmot’s name is not clear, but it is speculated that it was given to him in 1961 after Prince Philip, the husband of the former British Queen Elizabeth II. There is also a belief that Phil is the only real marmot and that everyone else is a fraud. However, there are more than six active marmot clubs in Pennsylvania, some dating back to the 1930s, and weather forecasting marmots have been seen in at least 28 US states and Canadian provinces.