Today is the 125th anniversary of Groundhog Day -- a tradition in the US and Canada when a weather-predicting woodchuck named Punxsutawney Phil tells how long winter will last. Every year on Feb 2, a group of local dignitaries hold a ceremony at Gobbler's Knob, about 2 miles outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Just after sunrise, Phil emerges from his burrow in front of thousands of spectators. The legend states that if Phil sees his shadow, there'll be six more weeks of winter. No shadow means there'll be an early spring.
This year, Phil emerged at 7:25 AM and did not see his shadow! Despite the major winter storm stretching across 2,000 miles of the continent, it sounds like we'll be enjoying an early spring!
You can check out Gobbler's Knob by entering the coordinates 40°55'48.65"N, 78°57'27.53"W into Google Earth embedded below:
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