Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning.
According to Punxsutawney Phil, there will be six more weeks of winter. The groundhog emerged from his burrow around 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, in order to see if the furry critter would see his shadow or not.
One of the members of Phil's "inner circle" said that the groundhog had a message: "After winter, you’re looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen."
This time-honored tradition has been celebrated for more than 130 years. However, with the pandemic, the usual spectacle of a celebration was toned down and all virtual. A livestream—which saw more than 15,000 viewers at one point—played video footage of previous Groundhog Days before Phil revealed his 2021 prediction.
You can watch the livestream video below:
Last year, the tradition has come under scrutiny from animal rights organization PETA. In a letter penned to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, PETA declared that this Groundhog Day tradition should no longer include a live groundhog.
PETA's solution? An animatronic groundhog.
Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President, writes, "By creating an AI Phil, you could keep Punxsutawney at the center of Groundhog Day but in a much more progressive way."
Did you know that Nostradamus had predictions for 2021, too? An apocalypse, famine, and asteroids, oh my!