Groundhog Phil Sees His Shadow, Six More Weeks of Winter
Yes, today is February 2nd, and yes, today all eyes were on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and the world's most famous groundhog, Phil.
For the first time in Groundhog Day history, due to the current pandemic, there were no Groundhog fans at Gobblers Knob this year. It was a virtual experience for Phil and his fans.
Now I know there's really only six more weeks of winter as far as the calendar goes, (come on March 20), but getting an early reprieve from Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticator of all prognosticators would be sweet. Unfortunately, Phil isn't ready for the warmer weather yet. He saw his shadow which means six more weeks of winter weather.
At around 7:25 this morning, he awoke from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob and, in groundhog-ese, gave us the news that no one wanted to hear.
Here's some highlights, and Phil's "virtual" prediction.
You know, this is something that's actually on my own bucket list. A two-day trip to Punxsutawney to celebrate with the ground hog. What a blast it must be. The only stipulation I would have is that the word "don't" be stricken from my wife's vocabulary for those two days. Just like Bill Murray in the movie, Ground Hog Day, nothing would be beyond the realm of possibility.
It's like one big party for two full days. Topped off with a pre-dawn trek to Gobbler's Knob and the official word from Phil.
This year the event was done virtually due to the pandemic, here's a look at Gobblers Knob when all of Phil's followers converge on Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.