Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow – according to legend, the US can expect temperatures below average for six weeks

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather forecasting US marmot, has forecast another six weeks of winter on Groundhog Day 2021

The creature that emerges from its stump hole in the small town of Gobbler’s Knob in western Pennsylvania at dawn each year came out and saw its shadow

According to legend, the country can expect temperatures below average for the next six weeks

But on the upside, Phil reckons a fine spring will follow as soon as the cold weather becomes clear

Tens of thousands usually attend the annual festival made famous by the 1993 romantic comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell

Last year came 40000 people, said Phil’s handler, the Groundhog Club This year the crowd was replaced with cardboard cutouts

Those who wanted to watch it had to do so online as the continued spread of COVID-19 prevented visitors from attending the ceremony, which was broadcast live by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office

His forecast could hardly be better in time when the northeastern United States was covered with its second day of snow and Pennsylvania is one of the states that is forecast more when a severe storm breaks through

No wonder his dealers announced that Phil had decided to wait another six weeks

Jeff Lundy, President of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and Phil’s official interpreter, said, “If I turn around now to see I’ll cast a perfect shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter”

Mr Lundy had a hopeful message for the future, adding that Phil “continued to tell us after the winter that you are looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you have ever seen”

Dan McGinley, also known as Moonshine, one of the reigning club members in a top hat and face mask, said, “Usually thousands of you are here to help us celebrate

“This year some of you have managed to sneak in in replica form. Your avatars are our crowd. You look amazing”

Certainly, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the temperatures in the region and in the adjacent United States were above average

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