Celebs Respond To Punxsutawney Phil's Groundhog Day Predictions
Punxsutawney Phil, the official groundhog that determines whether or not we will spend the next six weeks of our lives hiding under layers of scarves and hats, isn't the only one who comes out of his hole on Groundhog Day to chime in on the imminent weather.
When Phil climbed out of his burrow to climb Gobbler's Knob (yes, that's what it's called) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, early this morning, he went right back into his hole after seeing his shadow, dooming his booing fans to six more weeks of winter. "Phil's prediction is predicated on what Phil tells our president," said Mike Johnston, the vice president of the Inner Circle — the official group of Groundhog Day advisors.
But with technology these days, Phil can talk directly to his fans. "BREAKING: A terrifying shadow = 6 more weeks of winter! No complaining. We haven't even had winter yet," Phil tweeted.
And everyone else is throwing in their two cents. Whether it's a commentary on the relatively mild winter we've experienced thus far, a bitter debate, or a witty reference to the 1992 movie, Groundhog Day — in which Bill Murray's character lives out the events of the same day over and over again until he gets it right — celebrities, politicians, comedians, and even (especially!) meteorologists are blowing up on Twitter about our fate.
"Happy Groundhog Day to ppl who don't trust Climate Science but trust involuntary rodent weather reactions :P" — Dexter Fowler, center fielder for the Colorado Rockies
"It is groundhog day today, remember?" — Duncan Bannatyne, Entrepreneur and Author
"Also, don't forget it is groundhog day today." — Duncan Bannatyne
"'Gobbler's Knob' ….cue Beavis & Butthead laugh #GroundhogDay" — J.D. Harmeyer, Howard Stern Show
"Groundhog Day #describeyoursexlifewithamovietitle" — Melissa Gilbert
"Punxsutawney Phil is a punk when it comes to weather forecast." — Tim McGill, WGN Meteorologist
"Today, if the Groundhog emerges from Donald Trump's hair and sees his shadow, we get six more weeks of speculation about an indie run." — Jim Geraghty, National Review
"groundhog day!!! and our buddy phil says winter is here for 6 more weeks…. what winter????" — Sam Champion, ABC Meteorologist
"'Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.' Bill Murray in Groundhog Day" — John Herman, Blogger
"Groundhog Day: Evidence that Weather Forecasters still haven't convinced people that they know what they're talking about." — Neil deGrasse Tyson
"I'm saddened that the crass commercialism of Groundhog Day has obscured its deeply religious meaning. Today, I'm spending it with family." — Tom Webster
"Fireworks, the National Anthem, dancing girls and bad lip syncing. Is this the Super Bowl or Groundhog day?" — Punxsutawney Phil himself
"Groundhog day again?" — Jim Roberts, New York Times
"Great news from Staten Island Chuck: Spring will come early this year! #groundhogday" — Michael Bloomberg, NYC Mayor