Cheers erupted when the early spring prediction was announced, with one of Phil's handlers advising the crowd to invest in swimsuits.
Katie Wolf of New Cumberland, Pa., wears a groundhog costume to the 133rd Groundhog Day celebration on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.
The legend goes that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, there will be wintry weather for the next six weeks, just about until the start of spring.
First, Groundhog Day, the classic comedy from Bill Murray, is getting an official sequel.
Nearly everyone of a certain age has fond memories of 1993's Groundhog Day - the Bill Murray-staring film where one man lives the same day over and over again until he gets things right. The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning in Pennsylvania. That club, still active today, officially named the now-famous hilltop "Gobbler's Knob" and declared it as the official location for the groundhog to most accurately predict the weather.
Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle plan to reveal their forecast at sunrise on Saturday. Since there were so many groundhogs in the area, they began to use them instead of the European hedgehogs. Similar rodents and reptiles have about the same track record when it comes to predicting spring's arrival.
To get in the mood, we suggest queuing up Bill Murray's 1993 movie, Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is a "virtual reality adventure game" coming to major virtual reality platforms, including PlayStation Virtual Reality, later this year. Last year Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted a prolonged winter.