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The world’s most famous rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, got his yearly five minutes of fame on Tuesday when he came out to tell believers just how much more winter we should expect in 2021.
If you’re a fan of the white stuff, then you liked the outcome. Phil saw his shadow, which means we’ve got six more weeks of winter ahead of us.
The groundhog was awakened at 7:25 a.m. at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to many fans anxiously watching online to see if the groundhog would give us good news.
A large crowd usually gathers around to see the results, but this year is different. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event was all virtual with cardboard cutouts representing the missing spectators.
Over 15,000 viewers tuned in at one point to watch the livestream and see Phil’s shadowy results.
For those who are not familiar with how the tradition works, if Phil sees his shadow as he did this year, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring will arrive early.
The tradition of Groundhog Day started way back on February 2, 1887 when a newspaper editor, who belonged to a group of groundhog hunters called the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, declared that Phil, the Punxsutawney groundhog, was the only one who could predict how long winter would last.
Depending on your preferences, you may or may not have gotten your wish on Groundhog Day 2021.