Punxsutawney Phil's town misses Groundhog Day boost
Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. “The economic impact was really bad.”The mayor said the community of roughly 6,000 residents swells with between 10,000 to 15,000 tourists on Groundhog Day. Ad“On a normal Groundhog Day, there are so many festivities and the businesses and restaurants are inundated,” the Republican said. She said Groundhog Day typically gives local merchants a boost at a time of year when tourism is usually slow. Groundhog Day has its origin in a German legend about a furry rodent.
Despite clouds and snow, Phil sees shadow; predicts six more weeks of winter
– As is the yearly custom, Punxsutawney Phil was awoken from his slumber at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday. After conferring with members of his inner circle, it was declared that he saw his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter. It was the 105th time he saw his shadow, compared to 20 times he has predicted an early spring. Whether the shadow was produced by the sun’s rays or flashing camera bulbs is up for debate. Weather observations Tuesday morning at the nearby DuBois Regional Airport reveal that it was cloudy and snowing at the time of Phil’s proclamation.
WATCH: Punxsutawney Phil prepares to make his prediction
Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved. It’s Groundhog Day. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow or not? Published: February 2, 2021, 7:19 am Updated: February 2, 2021, 7:34 amWATCH: Punxsutawney Phil prepares to make his predictionPublished: February 2, 2021, 7:19 am Updated: February 2, 2021, 7:34 amIf you need help with the Public File, call 540-512-1558.
A gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil says more winter
Groundhog Club President Jeff Lundy interacts with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties. Punxsutawney Phil may be the most famous groundhog seer but he's certainly not the only one. There are two other high-profile “imposters,” as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club calls them, in the region. Connecticut marked Groundhog Day with a hedgehog making the prediction after the state’s official groundhog, Chuckles X, died last year.
Six more weeks of winter? Punxsutawney Phil makes his Groundhog Day prediction
And this year Punxsutawney Phil declared: "Spring will be early, it's a certainty." Legend has it that if the creature casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter will continue for six more weeks. From 2015 through 2019, he has predicted six more weeks of winter thrice and an early spring twice. Elsewhere, in New York City, Staten Island Chuck also predicted an early spring. The critter who resides at Staten Island Zoo groundhog also did not see his shadow.