Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil getting ready to inform the nation about the upcoming season.

Groundhog Day is a holiday that celebrates the coming of spring. But who predicts the weather? Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog that informs the nation if there will be 6 more weeks of winter, or spring will be just around the corner. If his shadow shows, be prepared for another blistery 6 weeks of winter. But if he see’s no shadow, spring will be coming very soon.

But who is this “Phil” we talk about?  Punxsutawney Phil is very unique, and here are some things you should know about him.

  1. Punxsutawney is a place in Pennsylvania.
  2. Phil is 127 years old. He has been making his famous appearance since 1887, but he stays young by drinking “Groundhog punch”. If he takes just a little sip, that gives him 7 more years to his life.
  3. Phil speaks his own language, Groundhogese. A group called the “Inner Circle” translates what Phil has told them to the rest of the world.
  4. Phil may be the only one who can predict, but he isn’t always correct. He sometimes gets proven wrong by the meteorologists, but he still does it every year, even if he has been wrong for numerous years.
  5. Phil is able to whistle. When he is alarmed, he whistles a little tune.
  6. Phil is an actor! He starred in the movie “Gorundhog Day” with Bill Murray, a movie about a man who relives groundhogs day until he learns everything about his “dream girl”.
  7. Technically, Phil is not a groundhog. He is a squirrel.
  8. Phil is married to Phyllis, who live together in his burrow, until February 2, when he is moved to his heated burrow in Punxsutawney.
  9.  His full, legal name is ‘Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seer, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire’.


This year, say goodbye to winter, and get ready for spring because Phil did not see his shadow!


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