PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — Brace yourself for six more weeks of winter.
Famed weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil made that prediction during this year’s Groundhog Day celebration in Pennsylvania.
The festivities date back to a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter will continue. If not, it means spring will come early.
Phil reported seeing his shadow this morning at the annual celebration, which draws up to 30,000 people every year.
While much of the event focuses on whether Phil sees his shadow, his prediction is actually decided ahead of time by organizers before they gather on Gobbler’s Knob, the hill outside Punxsutawney.
Including this year, records dating back to 1887 show that Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter 104 times while calling for an early spring just 18 times.