This Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil Goes High-Tech

He might not be using sophisticated technology in his weather forecasts, but famous groundhog prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil will take a step into the 21st century Tuesday morning when he sends his annual prediction by text.

Phil, the most widely known Groundhog Day mascot, is set to emerge from his burrow in the early hours of the morning. According to the Groundhog Day legend, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, there will be an early spring. Eager Phil followers can sign up to receive the news by texting “Groundhog” to 247365 ahead of time.

“Punxsutawney Phil holds the fate of winter close to the vest and in his stump until daybreak on Feb. 2, but the moment he emerges you can be among the first to learn of the forecast on your mobile phone,” the Pennsylvania tourism office said in a press release.

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