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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts An Early Spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — To the relief of the winter-weary, the world’s most famous groundhog is predicting an early spring.

Punxsutawney Phil emerged around dawn on Groundhog Day on Wednesday to make his 125th annual weather forecast in front of thousands who braved muddy, icy conditions to hear his handlers reveal that Pennsylvania’s prophetic rodent had not seen his shadow.

Phil’s handlers, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, concoct the forecasts. Several thousand revelers gathered in the pre-dawn hours on a small hill called Gobbler’s Knob to hear the prediction.

Before Wednesday, Phil had seen his shadow 98 times and hadn’t seen it 15 times since 1887. There are no records for the remaining years, though the group has never failed to issue a forecast.

The tradition traces its origins to a German superstition.

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  • Guess Who

    He lies!

  • Anne Frankenstein

    I predict this Groundhog to be in a Shake n’ Bake baggy by the end of the day.

  • Mel

    It’s cute we all gather who can, (whom are willing to go out in the weather conditions) to go see this furry Phil if he see’s his shadow or not… how do we really know if he sees it or not its just cute… that we have been waiting on his results for a very long time when you go to school up there they used to bus you and we all go see if he saw the shadow or not it was a fun thing to do thats all… lets see if Mr. Phil is correct this year it sure be nice if he is we have had a tough year but than again when are we ever really happy with the weather its too Hot Too Cold Its raining its snowing or whatever it might be too Windy etc… Just listen around you and you’ll see what I am saying No one is really happy with the weather conditions we are given you all should be its what we have to live by lighten up it will be OK…..

  • Noah Julian

    It stems from a superstition that on the half way point between winter and spring solstice (which is today) having poor weather is a portent to the end of winter.

  • PJBunny

    Can you really trust a guy who wears a coat all year around and sleeps underground?

  • cathy

    what does a ground hog know anyway

  • Mary Jane

    He better be right – we have had enough

    • ZZBar

      “He better be right”. I just received my hunting permit.

      • John

        Hey ZZbar, that’s very good and funny. Thanks for the laugh.

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