Marmot Phil did not see his shadow, predicted the early arrival of spring


The local “Shizzly Club”, founded in 1887, made the announcement just after sunrise.

Phil didn’t see his shadow, which according to tradition means 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.

The marmot from the town northeast of Pittsburgh’s full title is “Phil of Punxsutawney, seer of all seers, sage of all sages, prognosticator of all forecasters and weather prophet extraordinaire.”

It more often predicts a long winter than an early spring, which isn’t a bad guess given the cold weather that often persists into March in Pennsylvania. But in reality, according to American meteorologists, Phil’s prediction came true about 40 percent of the time.

Photo: Barry Reeger, CTK/AP

Phil from Punxsutawney

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 also have the opportunity to watch a concert and fireworks.

Phil became the official meteorologist

This year, Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro, from the stage before Phil’s arrival, urged people from around the world watching the festivities to come to Punxsutawney next year. He also announced that the famous marmot is the new official meteorologist of Pennsylvania. “Punxsutawney is the center of the universe right now, and I’m glad you’re all here,” Shapiro said.

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. 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.

Phil the Marmot has predicted six more weeks of winter for America. Most of the time they don’t hit

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