While much of the country is suffering amid the record-breaking cold, there is a spot of hope: Punxsutawney Phil says spring is on the way.
Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle plan to reveal their forecast at sunrise on Saturday. But if the sky is overcast and it doesn't get to see its shadow, this predicts an early spring. Sounds territorial. Sorry local groundhogs, guess there can be only one official groundhog.
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During Groundhog Day, celebrated on 2nd February every year, if a groundhog sees its shadow - and returns back to its burrow, it means that the winter is going to continue.
And of course, there's always the Bill Murray classic move "Groundhog Day" if you need a refresher course. Let's celebrate it by learning about a VR game called Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son. Since there were so many groundhogs in the area, they began to use them instead of the European hedgehogs. Apparently it was good, too - Edwin Evans-Thirlwell also put it on his game of the year list for us - so handing them the actual Groundhog Day game seems more than appropriate.
Saturday morning, Pennsylvania's own world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring after not seeing his shadow, a prediction so rare that it has only happened 19 times in the 133-year history of Groundhog Day.