So, did that cute little groundhog predict an end to this godforsaken winter? Or do we have another six weeks of the cold season to (not) look forward to?
Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, so you know what that means — thousands of people descended on Punxsutawney, Penn. to watch Punxsutawney Phil, the legendary groundhog, emerge from his burrow and predict when winter will end. So, did the little guy see his shadow?
Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow — Six More Weeks Of Winter
Yes, unfortunately. Because Phil saw his shadow when he emerged from the burrow, we now can expect to have six more weeks of winter, as opposed to spring coming early (which, coming from the frozen tundra of New York, would have been very nice).
The forecast is a bit bittersweet, as the thousands in attendance were happy to see Punxsutawney Phil, but disappointed to hear that winter will rage on.
“I happen to be a positive person, so I do embrace the here and now and I will enjoy the next six weeks of winter with the best attitude and be happy to be alive and healthy with my good friends,” one attendee, Lori Weber, told the Chicago Tribune. Lori is a braver woman than us.
Groundhog Day’s Long History
The legendary groundhogs have been predicting the weather since 1887 but the event really picked up popularity when the movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, was released in 1993. Now Phil hears the chants of “groundhog” before emerging to see if his shadow is there.
And though this year we are upset that Phil gave us some bad news, we’ll forgive him, because how can you not love that little face?
— Andrew Gruttadaro