It was Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil this year gave his forecast during a major snowstorm that hit the entire Northeast. There will be six more weeks of winter, was the symbolic message. After this year’s prediction was revealed, one of the members of the inner circle shared a message he said Phil had told him earlier in the day: “After winter, you’re looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen.” In fact, due to the pandemic, revelers weren’t able to see Phil and celebrate in person: This year, it was all virtual and included cardboard cutouts to represent spectators. A livestream, which had more than 15,000 viewers at one point, played footage from previous Groundhog Day’s ahead of the big reveal.
“You look beautiful,” club president Jeff Lundy told Phil. Tradition of the Groundhog Day dates back to 1887. Punxsutawney Phil may be the most famous groundhog seer but he’s certainly not the only one. Connecticut marked Groundhog Day with a hedgehog making the prediction after the state’s official groundhog, Chuckles X, died last year. Phoebe predicted winter, too. New York City’s Staten Island Chuck disagreed, predicting an early spring. But in fact, who knows ?