Toria Sheffield
February 02, 2018 5:45 am

It’s February 2nd, which for many means only one thing: Groundhog Day. The day when much of the United States anxiously awaits to see if Punxsutawney Phil of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania sees his shadow. And the Groundhog Day 2018 results are in…

Punxsutawney Phil saw is shadow at around 7:25 a.m. ET, which means we can “officially” expect six more weeks of winter.

According to Phil’s handlers, known as the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil communicates his yearly weather prediction in “Groundhogese.” They also claim he’s the very same groundhog who started making predictions way back in 1887, and that he evades death by drinking a special “groundhog punch.” This is real life, people.

Now for those of you out there who are firmly in the “I hate winter” camp, don’t take Phil’s word too seriously. Not only has he been wrong in the past, but his handlers claim that while his predictions are always accurate, they’re not necessarily location-specific…meaning winter is going to last for six more weeks somewhere, we just don’t necessarily know where that somewhere is.

Plus, he’s not even technically the only groundhog out there making predictions. Milltown Mel in Milltown, New Jersey apparently predicted an early spring. So who’s really to say?

All we know for sure is that a whole lot of people woke up today to see what a variety of large rodents would tell us about the weather. And there’s something kind of magical about that, don’t ya think?

Enjoy the rest of winter, however long it may last…

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