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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