This morning, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow…that means six more weeks of winter! The popular tradition of Groundhog Day, celebrated Feb. 2, began with the Pennsylvania Dutch who used a badger as the forecasting animal.
According to superstition, if the rodent emerges from his hole and sees a shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den and winter will persist for six more weeks. If he does not see his shadow due to cloudiness, the spring season will arrive early. The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where large crowds gather. The official “Phil” is pretended to be a supercentenarian, having been the same forecasting beast since 1887.