Both groundhogs agreed — keep the winter coats out.
There doesn’t appear to be much science behind either groundhog’s predictions, just folklore and fun.
In Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil emerged, and there was no sun, just clouds, according to The Washington Post. “How he managed to see his shadow with clouds blocking the sun is a bit of a mystery,” said Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow.
Potomac Phil’s predictions are based on a different method, given that he’s an animal preserved by a taxidermist.
Each year, Aaron DeNu brings Potomac Phil to what has been dubbed the Dupont Circle Groundhog Day in Northwest Washington. The tradition began in 2012.
Potomac Phil “stands” on a wooden board and holds a corncob in his little paws. He was donated by Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot.
DeNu has said he translates Potomac Phil’s predictions for spring weather. “I look at his facial expression, posture and intensity, the glare and gaze in his eyes,” he said.
It is not uncommon for Potomac Phil’s “predictions” — translated by DeNu — to follow those of his fellow groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.
In Dupont Circle on Friday morning, supporters and fans came out in winter coats and top hats for the ceremony. They celebrated Groundhog Day with groundhog cookies, of course, and music. A few carried signs. One read, “Make Groundhog Day Great Again!”
While not as well-known as his Pennsylvania counterpart, Washington’s groundhog has his own Twitter account — @PotomacPhil.
Earlier this week, the groundhog posted that he was “waking up from hibernation.”