By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting prognosticator of prognosticators, awoke sleepily from his burrow around 7:25 a.m. Eastern Time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The groundhog then informed visitors in attendance and online to prepare for six more weeks of winter.

As the legend goes, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

Today’s proclamation, listed at Punxsutawney Phil’s official website, states:

“Here ye, here ye, here ye,

Today, 2-2-22, welcome to Punxsutawney to celebrate Groundhog Day. the one hundred thirty sixth annual trek of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

Punxsutawney Phil, the seer of seers, the prognosticator of all prognosticators, was gently lifted from his burrow at  7:25 am, and held high to see. His faithful followers had returned with glee!

Placing Phil on top of the stump, where in Groundhogese, he directed the president, Jeff Lundy, and the inner circle to his prediction scroll that reads:

Winter has been bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet winter is just another step in the cycle of life

As I look out over the faces of the true believers from around the world, I bask in the warmth of your hearts.

I couldn’t imagine a better fate, with my shadow I have cast, than a long and lustrous six more weeks of winter.”

Between today’s impending snowstorm, and the fact today is also officially Groundhog Day, one can’t help but feel like there’s been a movie made about moments such as this.

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