During Prohibition, Phil threatened to impose 60 more weeks of winter on the community if he wasn't allowed to drink. The "beast" was soon given the more friendly moniker of Punxsutawney Phil, "Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary".
In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside of Punxsutawney.
Onlookers gathered Friday morning at Gobbler's Knob, nestled in the cozy town of Punxsutawney in western Pennsylvania, hoping the rodent's annual forecast would mean an early spring.
In the event that Phil didn't see his shadow, it would have been a late-winter.
Now the tradition has spanned so long, this being Phil's 132nd Groundhog Day, that there are dozens of rodent forecasters across the country.
Sir Walter Wally in Raleigh, North Carolina was correct in 68 percent of his region when he did not see his shadow past year.
Did You Know? Punxsutawney Phil was named the official forecasting groundhog in 1887.
Friday, at 7:25 am, Punxsutawney Phil, America's most revered groundhog predicted that there will be six more weeks of winter, in a tradition known as Groundhog Day.
On record, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times and no shadow only 18 times (the results were not recorded on ten occasions). However, no matter his prediction, if this pattern stays, we might experience more early springs. Although Phil makes a prediction every year, ten years are missing from the record. After coming out of his burrow on Groundhog Day 2018, the critter has determined whether we'll have a longer winter or early spring.
Groundhog Day is based on a superstition from the Dutch settlers of Pennsylvania. That means he's predicting an early spring. The film followed acrimonious weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, as he relives the same Groundhog Day over and over.
The prediction, Griffiths says, is right every time.