Famed Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has been helping predict the weather in some formal fashion since 1887. Every Feb. 2, Phil emerges from his hole and takes a look around. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be six more weeks of winter. If no shadow is present, there will be an early spring.
In Columbus, the groundhog at LEGOLAND Discovery Center is less decisive.
Ohio's mystical meteorologist is crafted out of more than 600 LEGO bricks. He weighs eight pounds, is 18 inches tall and took eight hours to build. And while that is all very impressive, this groundhog doesn't have a brain, so his predictive abilities are suspect.
Especially when you consider LEGOLAND's report that the "LEGO groundhog wants all the Ohioans to love the upcoming weather," so he both saw his shadow — for fans of winter — and didn't see his shadow — for those who want an early spring.
Luckily, Punxsutawney Phil was more resolute in his claim this morning in Gobbler's Knob, Pennsylvania. He saw his shadow and his handlers proclaimed, on his behalf, that there will be six more weeks of winter.
This makes sense as a giant snowstorm is about to pummel a giant swath of America — from New Mexico and Texas to Michigan — including Cincinnati.
Watch Phil's ceremonial predication below: