Punxsutawney Phil: Six More Weeks Of Winter

Thousands of people gathered before dawn in western Pennsylvania to await a weather forecast by the world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. When he revealed his forecast, the crowd booed.

German tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its 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.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday, meaning six more weeks of winter.

The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Phil's forecast at dawn on Gobbler's Knob, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The Groundhog Club says since 1887 Phil has predicted more winter weather by seeing his shadow nearly 100 times, but there are no records for nine years.


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  • by No Shadow on Feb 3, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    It's a shame, we put more trust in to a rat than we do our meterologist. We need a different rodent, I'm ready for summer.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    It's just a silly excuse for spending money (& wasting time) on a media-hyped gathering, and started from a ridiculous wives tale from people who thought they could base weather predictions on an overgrown RAT. How about knocking that nonsense off already and feeding a few hungry families instead?
  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Feb 3, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    I am majoring in Meterology and intend on getting my masters.
  • by Liz Location: Eastern NC on Feb 2, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Brandon, are you studying to be a meteorologist or do you do this as a hobby? Love your forcasts. Keep us updated.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    Hey Brandon; you are correct, according to the 'Blum Almanac', that I have. February through April is going to be different than we are used to here in ENC. Very cold with unsettled weather patterns(winds), beginning in February. Winter progressing into Spring can be very different day to day. As for the Groundhog, I agree that it was just scared of all the cameras/etc...and ran as any animal would do. I don't need a Groundhog to tell me what we should expect, but I guess it makes for some interesting Winter brouhaha.
  • by Me Location: G-ville on Feb 2, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    We have our own groundhog for NC? OMG that is so stupid. How much money does the state blow on that little slice of heaven?
  • by sam Location: enc on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    hey ds iii, lighten up on Brandon, he did a great job on this storm. chill out.
  • by qwerty Location: wilson on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    snow every weekend or 100 degree days, what a choice.
  • by Al Location: J'ville on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    There are several others out there, but I was just curious about our state one. I do think Anonymous Location: Eastern NC on Feb 2, 2010 at 11:09 AM was funny (and possibly the truth)
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    It was cloudy there, if it were not for the lights of the camera's there would be no shadow to be seen. Make the TV people turn off the lights and get a true reading, but that would be asking the media to tell us the whole story.
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