Punxsutawney Phil Well known facts– On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob – in front of thousands of followers from all over the world – to predict the weather for the rest of winter. (click on photo to enlarge)

-According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

Lesser known facts–  -The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, “For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May…”

-Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887.

-So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.

Punxsutawney Phil  vs PETA– PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently sent a letter to the president of the Inner Circle suggesting they retire Phil to a sanctuary and replace him with an electronic groundhog.

Punxsutawney Phil on the web-

Phil’s website – http://www.groundhog.org/

Twitter http://twitter.com/visitPA

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Punxsutawney-Phil/103061141793

National Geographic has a nice article at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/02/100201-groundhog-day-2010-punxsutawney-phil-prediction-winter-text/

Punxsutawney, PA is located roughly 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The name “Punxsutawney” derives from a Delaware Indian term which translates to “town of the sandflies.”