Since 1887 in Punxsutawney, Groundhog Day has developed its own particular character. There is a Groundhog Club (originally made up of groundhog hunters. Shh! Don’t tell Phil!) The 15 members of the Club’s Inner Circle dress up in top hats and tails to lead a procession to Phil’s burrow on Groundhog Day. They pull him out and the legend says he gives his prediction to the Club president in “groundhogese”.
SPOILER ALERT! Of course, the 2022 event has to be socially distanced. And with a massive winter storm battering the east coast of the U.S., it was no surprise that Phil predicted #sixmoreweeks of winter. (Though it was a mystery how he saw his shadow as snow fell…)