Updated: Today, Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day 2016. Punxsutawney Phil is in his 130th prognostication today and predicts and early spring.
February 2 is Groundhog Day 2016. Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will make is 130th weather forecast for the rest of the winter today at Gobbler's Knob, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil is the original Groundhog. The tradition originates somewhen in the 1800s. Punxsutawney managed to become the largest and most well known Groundhog Day event.
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Punxsutawney has become a tourist destination for fans of Groundhog Day. The 90s movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray increased the popularity of this weather forecast tradition.
Th folklore says that Groundhog emerge from the borrows in early February and depending if they see their shadow decide to stay up or go back in hibernation. This is of course not what Groundhogs do, but people don't care. It is just another one of those weather forecasting believes.
You can watch the Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil live emerge this morning at 6am ET online here. It is the 130th anniversary of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney and a big crowd is expected to be at the event.
We will be live-blogging the broadcast from Groundhog Day 2016 in Punxsutawney:
Update: Phil did not see a shadow. No shadow means an early spring. Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow this morning in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
6:47am ET: It is too much. I tune out. Watch live here.
6:42am ET: Some more music. It's is a pity that you can't fast forward live events. I need time travel now!
6:33am ET: Fireworks and Zarathustra and Star Wars music. Punxsutawney Phil is near.
6:31am ET: Now the National Anthem...
6:30am ET: Live Broadcast is underway with some musical performances.
6:07am ET: The countdown for the live broadcast of Groundhog Day 2016 has just been reset. The new start time is 6:30am ET.
6:05am ET: The live broadcast did not begin yet. The crowd in Punxsutawney is in the thousands.
5:59am ET: #GroundhogDay is #1 trending hashtag on Twitter
5:55am ET: The live online video broadcast from Punxsutawney is about to begin. Fun fact. Last year a groundhog bit a major at a Groundhog Day event.
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Punxsutawney Phil is getting competition this year from another ground squirrel. The Marmot Mountain mascot, just called Marmot will star in the outdoor brand's Super Bowl 50 Ad.