Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow

Pa. groundhog 'predicts' 6 more weeks of winter
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Pennsylvania's famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his lair and saw his shadow, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

But, at this rate, that might not be so bad.

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.

Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn, unseasonably warm, and are forecast to climb into the mid-40s in a winter that's brought little snow and only a few notably cold days to much of the East.

Thursday's ceremony is largely that: Phil's prediction is determined ahead of time by the Inner Circle, a group which dons top hats and tuxedos and decides in advance what the groundhog will predict.

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With this winter being unseasonably mild in the East, six more weeks of it might not be so bad.

This puts a little less pressure on Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog who will perform the annual Groundhog Day festivities Thursday morning.

Legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow, winter will hang around for another six weeks. If not, spring is on its way.

Organizers say 15,000 to 18,000 people are expected to witness the furry creature's prognostication on Gobbler's Knob at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The tiny hill in Punxsutawney where the festivities will take place is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 2, 2012 at 02:35 PM
    It's a groundhog, an animal, for crying out loud. I'd run into a hole too, if a bunch of nutty people were around me with cameras and such. Truthfully, I can step outside my front door and get a daily weather report; don't need a little critter to tell me anything.
  • by jp on Feb 2, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    "I'm a rodent, not a meteorologist" - signed Punxsutawney Phil
  • by Another Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 07:15 AM
    Can't help but love these comments! LOL!!!
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Feb 2, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    I guess Michael Moore and Rosie Odonnel were not there to block it this year....
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      by BLAH on Feb 2, 2012 at 08:16 AM in reply to OSOC
      Looks like them in the picture.
  • by wardept Location: enc on Feb 2, 2012 at 06:32 AM
    How can people acutally get upset over this quaint little tradition. It's just a silly little game and kind of fun. Lighten up people learn to enjoy the little things. There are too many big things to get upset by.
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      by booger on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:43 AM in reply to wardept
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        by Snot on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:04 AM in reply to booger
        So a rodent is actually telling you that?Seek help.
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          by booger on Feb 2, 2012 at 11:58 AM in reply to Snot
          My messages on this website are a cry for help. You ar so insensitive!
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          by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 03:06 PM in reply to Snot
          booger@2:58PM,sorry for being so insenstive.You can always blow your nose and be done with it.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    At what point did we actually start having winter. Temps in the 60's on a consistant basis is not winter to me.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    I hate this stupid tradition. Of course there is going to be 6 more weeks of winter. Because that's how the world turns.
  • by booger Location: enc on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    I heard the "Inner Cirlce" was left over Knights Templar. Just another attempt at conrolling our future!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 05:08 AM
    At dawn there is no sun up, so how did he see his shadow? TV camera lights? If so, this is just another TV fairy tale. It is a shame when they pulled him out of his den that he did not bite them again.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 2, 2012 at 04:49 AM
    If this is winter I don't mind 6 more weeks of
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