People are waiting to find out whether a furry creature in a community in western Pennsylvania will predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter on this Groundhog Day.
On Thursday, a crowd will assemble at Gobbler’s Knob as Punxsutawney residents. At dawn, members of Phil’s “inner circle” call him from his tree stump to ask if he has seen his shadow. Folklore holds that if he sees his shadow, there will be another six weeks of winter. If not, spring arrives before schedule.
A group of local dignitaries known as the “inner circle” is in charge of organizing the events and providing Phil with food and care.
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On February 2, 2023, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, people cheer as they wait for Punxsutawney Phil during the 137th Groundhog Day celebration.
A German folktale about a fuzzy rodent is the inspiration for the annual celebration in Punxsutawney. The event will also be live-streamed, and the village, which is roughly 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, is aiming for a normal attendance of between 10,000 and 15,000 people.
Records from 1887 show that Phil has correctly predicted winter more than 100 times. According to the organizers, ten years were lost since no records were kept. The outlook for 2021 predicted another six weeks of winter.
Punxsutawney Phil may be the most well-known groundhog forecaster, but he is by no means the only one. Staten Island Chuck from New York City will also provide his forecast on Thursday during a gathering at the Staten Island Zoo.