Punxsutawney Phil was summoned Thursday morning from his tree stump in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania by his “inner circle” to see if he could see his shadow. This inner circle, local officials and members who care for him, could be seen surrounding him as his verdict was read. According to Phil, there will be six more weeks of winter. This year marks the 137th groundhog prediction. In 100 of those years, Phil has predicted more winter, dating back to 1887.
The annual event in Pennsylvania is a tradition that originated from Germany based on a legend of a furry rodent. This event is highly watched as the town of Punxsutawney expected 10,000 to 15,000 people to come out and watch the groundhog’s verdict.
While Phil is the most notable weather-predicting groundhog Staten Island New York has Chuck, who also made his prediction on Thursday. Chuck predicted that spring would come early from the Staten Island Zoo.
Though both animals’ predictions come as deadly storms have made their way across the U.S. in the past couple of months and weeks. With the storm in Buffalo during December and now a winter storm in Texas that has already reported 8 deaths.