What Phil said: the US and Canada celebrated Groundhog Day

Thousands of people gathered on Saturday in the American city of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see what the forecast for the spring will give the famous Groundhog Phil. According to CNN, Phil came out of the hole and did not see his shadow.

The Groundhog came out of the hole around 7.30 am local time and did not see his shadow, which means that spring should be early.

Groundhog Day in the USA and Canada is celebrated for more than 100 years. As legend has it, if Phil sees his shadow, he considers it a “foreshadowing” for another six weeks of bad weather and hides in his hole again. If the Groundhog does not see his shadow and quietly leaves the hole — then winter will soon end and spring will be early.

Of course, his predictions are not always correct. American meteorologists say that they come true in about 40%. Nevertheless the popularity of Phil this does not become less.

In the United States and Canada there are 7 the most famous groundhogs-meteorologists. However, the most important of them — Punxsutawney Phil — has become known worldwide after the release of the movie “Groundhog Day”.