Bring It On! Phil the Groundhog Predicts Longer Winter

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Penn. —  Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil
saw his shadow Thursday morning, which means six more weeks of winter.

But is that really so bad?

The Associated Press was there when the groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles northeast of
Pittsburgh.

Phil’s prediction is determined ahead of time by the Inner Circle, a group who dons top hats and tuxedos and decides in advance what the groundhog will predict.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.

According to the AP and the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, which runs the event, Phil has now seen his shadow 100 times and hasn’t seen it 16 times since 1886. There are no records for the remaining years.

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