PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Monday, predicting six more weeks of winter.
Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of revelers around dawn.
For those who don’t like winter — Buckeye Chuck didn’t see his shadow!
— Buckeye Chuck (@OHBuckeyeChuck) February 2, 2015
A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.
In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle on Gobbler’s Knob, the tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Records going back to 1887 show Phil has predicted more winter 101 times while forecasting an early spring just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.
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