Groundhog Day Results 2016: Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow

 

Groundhog Day
Screengrab by NPR from a video by the Tourism website of Pennsylvania

Early this morning, a crowd gathered at Gobbler’s Knob and waited for the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil to come out of his tree-trunk cage. The groundhog went out of his cage after a tap of a cane to the cheers and applause of the people gathered in front of him. Phil only gave a blink and did not show any other action as a response.

 

The groundhog tried to escape when he was placed on top of the trunk before he was closely analyzed. After interpreting Phil’s behavior, the emcee of the Groundhog Club said, “”There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!”.

He also advised the crowd to take their jackets off because they will not be going to need them. Only a few people followed his advice. It was reported that the temperature in Punxsutawney, Pa., that morning was 22 degrees.

In Canada, groundhog Shubenacadie Sam was also reported not seeing his shadow. Groundhogs Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beau Lee in Georgia were also reported to have the same results for 2016 Groundhog Day.

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