Punxsutawney Phil is the groundhog who emerges from his borough in Pennsylvania to predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter-like weather. Punxsutawney is located in Western Pennsylvania, about 80 miles north-east of Pittsburgh. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an “early spring” but if he does sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter.
Phil is at least 132 years old, according to the Inner Circle of the Groundhog Club in Punxsutawney.
However this would physically be impossible as each ancient groundhog lives to be between six and eight years.
He reportedly takes a magical potion each summer to extend his lifespan.
The magical elixir also changes his appearance, which explains why Phil may be grey one year and a youthful brown the next.
Groundhog Day 2019: The famous groundhog predicts the weather for the coming year (Image: Getty )
He is fed the potion every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic that apparently extends his life for another seven years.
The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
It was announced in The Punxsutawney Spirit by the