PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It’s Groundhog Day and people waited to learn whether a furry critters in western Pennsylvania and Ohio would predict an early spring or six more weeks of winter.
People gathered Wednesday at Gobbler’s Knob as members of Punxsutawney Phil’s “inner circle” summoned him from his tree stump at dawn to learn if he has seen his shadow. According to folklore, there are six more weeks of winter when he sees his shadow. If he doesn’t, spring comes early.
Phil did see his shadow.
Meanwhile in Marion, Ohio, Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow, meaning an early spring.
According to records dating back to 1887, Phil has predicted winter more than 100 times. Ten years were lost because no records were kept, organizers said.
Phil’s 2020 forecast called for an early spring.