Happy Groundhog Day, everyone! Bad news—according to USA Today, Punxsutawney Phil, America's furriest weatherman, saw his shadow today in Punxsutawney, PA, signaling six more weeks of winter. More bad news—we would have at least six more weeks of winter whether the groundhog saw his shadow or not, because that's how weather works.
But it is a yearly tradition, and one you probably know best from the Bill Murray movie, Groundhog Day ("Ned?? Ned Ryerson!?"). The groundhog, Phil, is taken by a handler out of his burrow in Gobbler's Knob (really? "Gobbler's Knob"?) and if the little dude sees his shadow, it portends six more weeks of winter. If, however, he doesn't see it, hooray, early spring.
For those of you who don't trust Punxsutawney Phil and want a second opinion, you'll be glad to know that Staten Island Chuck, New York's own groundhog meteorologist, did not see his shadow, and even if he did, he wouldn't be scared of it ("FOH with that shadow bullshit").