Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow (video)
Punxsutawney Phil 2010: Did the groundhog see his shadow?
Punxsutawney Phil, America’s most beloved rodent, saw his shadow Tuesday morning which means that, according to folklore, the northern hemisphere will have six more weeks of winter.
At Gobblers Knob in Western Pennsylvania, thousands of people gathered before dawn to await Phil’s weather forecast. The world’s most famous groundhog made his annual prediction while being held by John Griffiths, one of his handlers.
In Canada, Wiarton Willie, was also spooked by his shadow. Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam also saw his shade.
The tradition dates back to 1887 and follows a German idea that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on February 2—the Christian holiday of Candlemas— winter will last another six weeks.
The event was made famous by the film “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray.
If no shadow is seen spring is said to come early.