The Weather Channel reports:
Punxsutawney Phil was pulled from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob Sunday morning and did not see see his shadow, which, according to legend, means an early spring and warmer temperatures are coming.
Of course, even the organizers of the annual Groundhog Day event in western Pennsylvania acknowledge that turning to a large rodent for weather forecasting is mostly a way to break up winter monotony.
PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, caused a bit of a ripple this year when the group sent a letter to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club saying it’s time to retire Phil and use an animatronic groundhog.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) February 2, 2020
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) February 2, 2020