"Now, when I turn to see, there's a ideal shadow cast of me, six more weeks of winter there will be", said Jeff Lundy, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, the groundhog's official interpreter.
Groundhog Day - specifically February 2 - traces its roots back to an ancient celebration of the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.
Phil was awakened at 7:25 a.m. and made his prediction in front of about 16 members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler's Knob.
The animal, named Punxsutawney Phil, climbed out of his hole Tuesday morning in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
The day derives from an old Germanic story that each year a groundhog will poke its head out of its den around this time of year. So did the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?
On Tuesday (February 2), the United States and Canada marked Groundhog Day, an annual tradition in which a groundhog predicts whether winter will continue or give way to spring soon. "Groundhog Day also shows us that the monotony ends". And they tasked the groundhog, which resembles a European hedgehog, with the job of predicting the weather.
Groundhog Day got a boost of popularity after a 1993 film of the same name starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
But if, on the other hand, it's a cloudy day, it means an early spring is on its way that year. Watch it live here on this website or on our Facebook page.
The tradition evolved from the German holiday Candlemas, but the Pennsylvania Dutch began incorporating a groundhog into the celebrations.
In the event's history, groundhogs have predicted winter 106 times and spring 20 times, members of the inner circle say.
Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania dates back to 1886.
Groundhog Day has become a part of American culture. Bryan Lynn adapted the report for Learning English.
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