Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil, the furry forecaster and most famous groundhog in the world, made his prediction on Feb. 2. If you slept in or were busy watching Bill Murray in ‘Groundhog Day,’ click to see whether Phil saw his shadow or not!
It’s the most important question in weather today: did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? The biggest celebrity in the animal kingdom and his fans celebrated Groundhog Day. For those who couldn’t make it to Pennsylvania to get the news firsthand, here is Phil’s prediction!
Spoiler alert: it’s true! When Phil emerged from his home on Feb. 2, 2016, he did not see his shadow. Of course, Phil couldn’t just say that we’re in store for an early spring. Phil and the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle – the people in top hats at tuxedos – had to issue a royal degree.
“The inner circle goes to great ends, to keep me abreast of the latest trends,” the president read from Phil’s prediction scroll. “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!”
Hooray! We’re in for an early spring. Sorry, Winter fans. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts. Now, if you’ve missed the ceremony because you decided to watch Bill Murray, 65, in Groundhog Day instead, click here to see all the photos from the celebration.
Not to be overshadowed by his Pennsylvania brother, New York City’s Staten Island Chuck also predicted that winter would soon be over, according to SILive.com. Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul officiated the official ceremony, gladly saying, “Spring is coming! We’re going to have an early, early spring this year.”
Usually, the Mayor of New York City attends the ceremony, but Bill de Blasio, 54, skipped out on the ceremony — for Chuck’s sake. In 2014, Bill dropped a stand-in for Chuck, a female named “Charlotte.” A week later, the groundhog was found dead in her cage, reportedly from internal injuries related to the fall, according to DNA Info.
“I think if there were a groundhog union they would ask me to miss Groundhog Day, no question about it,” the mayor of NYC said ahead of the celebration. “If they were taking a vote, I would not be invited to Groundhog Day.”
Are you happy that spring is coming, HollywoodLifers?