It was quite a riveting ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2, 2016! Thousands gathered to see Punxsutawney Phil’s weather prediction — would he see his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter, or not, a sign of an early spring? Check out all the pics from the ceremony to see everything that went down!
Punxsutawney Phil was the man of the hour at the official Groundhog Day ceremony on Feb. 2 — and we have all the pics to prove it! Click through the gallery to see pics of Phil and his fearless handlers at the 2016 event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania right here!
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Those who are itching for this warmer weather to stick around are in luck, because Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, and that means we’ll have an early spring. The famous groundhog has been making these predictions for more than 100 years — every summer he drinks a “special recipe” that tacks another seven years onto his life — and this is just the 18th time he’s forecasted a quick winter!
“Now, this Second Day of February, Two Thousand and Sixteen, the One Hundred and Thirtieth Annual Trek of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club…Punxsutawney Phil, the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of All Prognosticators, was awakened from his borrow to the cheers of his thousands of faithful followers,” the official statement read. “In Groundhogese, he directed the President and the Inner Circle to the precise prediction Scroll, which translated reads: The inner circle goes to great ends, to keep me abreast of the latest trends, down in my burrow I never get bored, riding on my hover board, and I sure have fun flying my drone, but weather forecasting is my comfort zone, is this current warm weather more than a trend? Per chance this winter has come to an end? There is no shadow to be cast, an early spring is my forecast!”
Phil was a bit feisty during this year’s ceremony — it’s gotta be stressful up there in front of all those people! — but he eventually got it together and made his promising prediction. For the remainder of the year, Phil will spend time in his borrow at Gobbler’s Knob, and we’ll be anxiously waiting for his next appearance…but we’ll take that early spring first!
Are you shocked that Phil didn’t see his shadow, HollywoodLifers?! Are you excited about having an early spring, or do you wish winter would stick around?