The origins of Groundhog Day date back to the early days of Christianity in Europe, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. On that day, superstition held that if it were sunny and clear, a long winter was expected. There is a bit of a thaw ahead in the US, according to the Weather Channel, but more freezing temperatures loom in the coming weeks as well, and it seems like winter is far from over.
Members of the club, along with news reporters and local people gather at Gobbler's Knob each year to wait for Phil to appear and make his weather prediction.
'If I were you I'd go out and buy swimsuits, ' he told the crowd after waking up Phil just after 7.27am.
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club hosts the main Groundhog Day event in the town. The president of this group is the individual who gets the privilege of hearing Phil's prediction in "Groundhogese" and translating it for the public.