There's Groundhog Day 2014 live stream feed and TV coverage showing on early Sunday morning, Feb. 2nd, as Punxsutawney Phil will give his predictions about how much more winter weather is on the way in 2014. A spotlight will be on the scene of Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania, where thousands will gather, and many more will be watching the televised and live stream Groundhog Day coverage from the comfort of their homes.
A Feb. 1 report from WSET.com indicates that there's 20,000 spectators expected to gather at Gobbler's Knob on Sunday morning to see if Phil catches a glimpse of his shadow or not. Of course, most people are hoping there's cloudy conditions and no shadow is seen, as that supposedly predicts a quicker arrival of spring. If Phil sees his shadow, winter is going to last quite a bit longer than most want it to.
Groundhog Day falls on the same day this year as Super Bowl Sunday, but it shouldn't hurt either event. Punxsutawney Groundhog Club executive director Katie McDonald told the media:
"We really don't think it will be too much of a factor for us because Phil does his prognostication so early in the morning and people have all day to get to wherever they're going to watch it that evening."
The annual tradition took on bigger relevance in pop culture after the release of the Bill Murray comedy movie named after the holiday. The film, released back in 1993, continues to show around this time each year, and coincided with Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow back in the same year. With a budget of over $14 million, the film has gone on to gross over $70 million at the box office, and is probably making plenty more in sales of movie copies to this day. As of this report, the DVD is the No. 6 best seller in Romance and No. 7 in Fantasy DVD movies at the Amazon website.
So will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this Groundhog Day? The expected weather for Phil's latest prognostication is a high of 31 degrees and a low of 19 degrees on an overcast day. German superstition has it that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on this date, winter is going to last six more weeks. Phil should give his latest prediction around 7:25 a.m. EST for those up early enough to see it. Televised coverage is likely to be shown on major channels such as CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and CNN Headline News, among other local stations covering the event at Gobbler's Knob.
A live streaming feed of Punxutawney Phil will be featured on the Visit PA website. It's likely this video feed will begin around 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time or earlier on Sunday morning. Other sites may provide online coverage as well, but the official Pennsylvania tourism site seems to be one of the most legitimate places to watch the proceedings online. The Weather Channel is expected to provide televised coverage and may also provide live online coverage at their Livestream site.