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Early Spring Predicted As Punxsutawney Phil Fails To See Shadow

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring after not seeing his shadow.

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Spring is coming early. At least that’s the prediction from world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.

Just past daybreak at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, a large crowd watched as Punxsutawney Phil came out and did not see his own shadow.

According to folklore, if Phil sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. However, the absence of a shadow predicts an early spring.

This year marked the 21st time Phil has not seen his shadow since the tradition began in 1887.

“No shadow appeared this morning and Punxsutawney Phil indicated that all signs point to an early spring,” said Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Rick Siger, who attended with Gov. Josh Shapiro.

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, established by a group of groundhog hunters, has proclaimed Phil the sole weather-predicting groundhog. Every February 2, thousands gather to see if Phil will see his shadow.

This year’s celebration saw over 30,000 attendees enjoying live music, hot beverages, and fireworks. Millions more joined the festivities via a livestream on and channels.

Thomas A. Dunkel, President of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, reflected on the event’s success.

“Whether an early spring or six more weeks of winter, everyone had a great time. Punxsutawney hosts the only worldwide holiday with one destination. If you missed it, come to Gobbler’s Knob, have a great time and check it off your bucket list,” Dunkel said.

State tourism officials welcomed the news of an early spring, as predicted by the groundhog.

“Spring it shall be, which allows travelers to set their sights on botanic gardens, long hikes, and gravel biking,” said Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary of Tourism Carrie Fischer Lepore. “Pennsylvania’s outdoor destinations, including our 124 free state parks, countless golf courses, and nature preserves offer limitless options for an early spring.”

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