Fun with Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day

Track Phil and his shadow with your smartphone or tablet.

By on February 1, 2013

He’s the world’s most famous groundhog – Punxsutawney Phil. And, in just a few short days, he will peek his head out of his hole and let us know whether we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring.

Every year, on Feb. 2, better known as Groundhog Day, people across the country wait to see whether or not he will see his shadow. Tradition is, if he sees his shadow and goes back into his burrow, more winter is on the way; if he does not, it signifies an early spring.

Based on old German traditions of using badgers to predict the weather, the first Groundhog Day happened on Feb. 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pa. This year, if you can’t make it to Gobbler’s Knob, there are still plenty of ways to track Phil and his shadow.

VisitPA.com will host a live webcast of the event, starting around 7 a.m. EST, so smartphone and tablet users can watch the event from just about anywhere. The site will also post live tweets to Twitter and posts to their Facebook page to keep everyone updated in real time. 

Users can download The Weather Channel app to look at current conditions in Punxsutawney and what that could mean for Phil’s predictions. After the event takes place, The Weather Channel gathers public reaction across social media, so you can see what everyone across the country thinks of the prediction.

If you’re looking for a laugh, customers can use the Netflix app to watch the classic movie “Groundhog Day” right on their devices for a viewing experience that will make anyone smile, regardless of shadows.

Here’s hoping Phil will bring everyone an early spring.