As thousands gathered at Gobbler’s Knob Thursday morning, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow to perform his annual Groundhog Day duties where he predicted six more weeks of winter.
Members of Punxsutawney Phil’s “inner circle” summoned him from his tree stump at dawn to learn if he had seen his shadow, a message they say Phil communicated in “Groundhogese.”
According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
According to folklore, Phil has been making his predictions since 1887.
On Wednesday, Phil was inducted as the final member of the Meteorologist Hall of Fame.