Groundhog Day 2018: Who is Punxsutawney Phil? Did he see his shadow?

Sunday, 04 Feb, 2018

On every February 2, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil is released from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to predict our weather for the upcoming months.

The famous groundhog will be looking for his shadow, which is believed to signal six more weeks of winter. Despite the claim that the groundhog has the ability to predict if spring will come early, many people question how accurate Phil's weather predictions are.

On Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Phil's "Inner Circle" - garbed in top hats and tuxedos - announced his prediction at 7:25 a.m. Friday.

Punxsutawney Phil is reportedly 131 years old although this is largely accepted as myth as groundhogs in captivity have an average lifespan of six to eight years.

Punxsutawney Phil has been casting his weather forecast for 132 yearsWho is Punxsutawney Phil?

Punxsutawney - Punxsutawney Phil left no doubt that winter would continue with his prognostication from Gobbler's Knob on Friday morning. Phil's prediction this year? Here's how to live stream the annual ceremony to find out if we'll have an extended winter or early spring!

Maybe Punxsutawney Phil is right - forecasts seem to agree with the groundhog that winter weather is here to stay.

REUTERS/EPAGroundhog Day 2018: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? So needless to say, Phil has some work to do in the accuracy department. Punxsatawney held its first Groundhog Day on February 2, 1887.

In Milltown, N.J., Groundhog Day festivities have been a tradition for 10 years.

The origin of Groundhog Day can be traced to Candlemas, the ancient European celebration of the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

"Unfortunately, there have been years where the president has misinterpreted what Phil said", Ploucha told PennLive in 2017. If an animal saw its shadow on Candlemas Day, this meant six more weeks of winter, or the "Second Winter".

The event now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.