Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil weather forecast on February 2nd

As early as 1886, German immigrants here observed Groundhog Day and established the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in 1899. According to folklore, if the hibernating groundhog - known as Punxsutawney Phil - leaves its burrow on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The legend is based on a European custom predicting the length of winter by weather conditions on Candlemas, an ancient Christian festival.

As early as 1886, German immigrants here observed Groundhog Day and established the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club in 1899. According to folklore, if the hibernating groundhog - known as Punxsutawney Phil - leaves its burrow on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. The legend is based on a European custom predicting the length of winter by weather conditions on Candlemas, an ancient Christian festival.


Each February 2nd Groundhog Day at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania attracts the attention of people from across the globe! The early morning Groundhog Day event is centered around a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil, who forecasts how many more weeks of winter weather there will be.  If Phil sees his shadow on Gobbler's Knob, it means six more weeks of winter.  Phil sees his shadow most of the time, about 6-times more often than not on average.

The day before Groundhog Day 2007 we traveled to Punxsutawney to give you a sneak peak at Groundhog Day preparations. With Pennsylvania in the strong grip of a 2007 winter, one would assume that Punxy Phil would predict six more weeks of winter, but he didn't give us any hints when we paid a visit to his groundhog den at the Punxsutawney Library.

Phil was most interested in curling up and getting some shut-eye before his early morning rise on Groundhog Day February 2nd and his trip up to Gobbler's Knob. We were told Phil's favorite snack is a Granola Bar!

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Punxsutawney Phil's annual weather forecasts on Gobblers Knob: 6 more weeks of winter?


February 2, 2019

GOBBLERS KNOB
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
"Faithful followers
There is no shadow of me
And a beautiful spring
It shall be!"


February 2, 2016

GOBBLERS KNOB

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
“The inner circle goes to great ends,
To keep me abreast of latest trends,
Down in my burrow I never get bored,
Riding on my hover board,
And I sure have fun flying my drone,
But weather forecasting is my comfort zone,
Is this current warm weather more than a trend?
Per chance this winter has come to an end?
There is no shadow to be cast,
An early Spring is my forecast!”

Staten Island Chuck agrees with Phil on an early spring in 2016. Phil has an 80% accuracy rate according to AccuWeather.


February 2, 2015

GOBBLERS KNOB

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
“Forecasts abound on the Internet,
But I, Punxsutawney Phil, am still your best bet,
Yes, A Shadow I see, you can start to twitter,
Hash Tag: Six More Weeks of Winter!”

State police estimated the crowd to be around 11,000, somewhat smaller than in recent years when over 15,000 attended the 7:30am event


February 2, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
"A Super Bowl winner I will not predict,
But my weather forecast, you cannot contradict,
That’s not a football lying beside me
It’s my shadow you see
So, six more weeks of winter it shall be!"

   Groundhog Day & Super Bowl Sunday aligned in 2014


February 2, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
"My new Knob entrance is a sight to behold
Like my faithful followers, strong and bold
And so ye faithful,
there is no shadow to see
An early Spring for you and me."

The crowd was estimated to be the largest in Groundhog Day history, partly due to it happening on a weekend. Saturday morning skies were overcast with temperatures in the single digits and a 10-mph wind.


February 2, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
“As I look at the crowd on Gobbler’s Knob
Many shadows do I see
So six more weeks of winter it must be!”


February 2, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
He surveyed his surroundings carefully and found that
"There was no shadow around,
so an early spring it will be.
The sky is clear, prepare yourself for warmth."


February 2, 2010

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
"If you want to know next,
you must read my text,
as the sky shines bright above me,
my shadow I see beside me,
6 more weeks of winter it will be."


February 2, 2009

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

After casting a joyful eye towards thousands of his faithful followers, Phil proclaimed that his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers were World Champions one more time......

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
"And a bright sky above me
Showed my shadow beside me
So 6 more weeks of winter it will be."

An estimated 13,000 people gathered on Gobbler's Knob, less than 8 hours after the Pittsburgh Steelers won an unprecedented 6th Super Bowl trophy. Much of the crowd wore black 'n gold to commemorate the victory.


February 2, 2008

PUNXSUTAWNEY, PENNSYLVANIA

~ Phil's Official Forecast ~
"As I look around me,
a bright sky I see,
and a shadow beside me.
Six more weeks of winter it will be!"

An estimated 30,000 people gathered for the 2008 festivities. A highlight of the 2008 Gobbler's Knob event were two marriage proposals!


Phil says: Early spring is on the way!

PUNXSUTAWNEY - FEB 2, 2007  7:28 am

 ~ Phil's Official Forecast ~

El Nino has caused high winds, heavy snow, ice and freezing temperatures in the west.
Here in the East with much mild winter weather we have been blessed.

Global warming has caused a great debate.
This mild winter makes it seem just great.

On this Groundhog Day we think of one thing.
Will we have winter or will we have spring?

On Gobbler's Knob I see no shadow today.
I predict that early spring is on the way.

Source: groundhog.org


Summary of Punxsutawney Phil's weather forecasts over the years

~ As of February 2, 2015 ~

Saw Shadow (6 more weeks of winter) - 102

No Shadow (early Spring) - 18

No Record of Forecast - 9