What Time Does the Groundhog Come Out on Groundhog Day?

Where — and when — to watch a live stream of Groundhog Day events on Saturday, February 2.

Punxsutawney Phil Season Prediction Winter Shadow Pennsylvania
Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day. Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

In many ways, animals are better than humans: they're more compassionate, they're better at flying, and they are absolutely more accurate when predicting the future.

At least that's the case with the country's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.

That's why every year since 1887, we humans must turn to this revered rodent to determine when the interminable winter will end. Do not fear as you sit, shivering in the dark of February — all will soon be revealed.

A Brief History of Groundhog Day

The ancient Christian tradition of Candlemas helped inspire what is now celebrated as Groundhog Day. During Candlemas, clergy would bless and pass out candles for the winter season. German participants were the first to add an animal to the festivities, incorporating a hedgehog as a predictor of future weather, according to the History Channel.

When a large German population immigrated to the United States in the 19th century, they brought with them some of these traditions. The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated in the U.S. in 1887 (the German-Americans switched from hedgehogs to groundhogs as the latter were more common in Pennsylvania).

It turns out that in the 1880s, the groundhog served two purposes: meteorologist and meal. The PunxsutawneyGroundhog Club that hosted Groundhog Day would also organize a groundhog hunt in the summer months, NPR reported.

When is Groundhog Day 2019?

Groundhog Day takes place Saturday, February 2, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Men wearing top hats pull Phil the groundhog out of his home, and if the groundhog sees his shadow, that means six more weeks of winter.

What Time Does the Groundhog Come Out?

The groundhog is set to come out at approximately 7:20 a.m., CBS News reported. Fans can start watching his habitat much earlier, as the livestream starts in the pre-dawn hours.

Where to Livestream Groundhog Day 2019

Fans of Punxsutawney Phil can await his arrival starting at 6 a.m., thanks to a livestream provided by Visit Pennsylvania. The livestream has been a tradition for the past several years, allowing more people than ever to watch the animal meteorologist.

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