Groundhog Phil draws record crowd


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Mattingly Sullivan, Multimedia Editor

Sunday, February 2 was Groundhog Day. Traditionally on this day, the groundhog “Punxsutawney Phil” wakes up from his nap and goes outside to see if there’s a shadow.

This event takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. People from all over either go there or watch the event from home. This year a record was set from the crowd that went to this groundhog day event: more than 40,000 people went.

This year the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, meaning spring is on the way. If Phil saw his shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter.

The weather was snowy, cloudy and cold, so the groundhog obviously didn’t see his shadow in those kinds of conditions.

This is only the 20th year out of 124 that Phil (the groundhog) has not been able to find his shadow.

Historically, Phil has been incorrect when it comes to his predictions.