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Punxsutawney Phil predicts more winter

6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Thursday, February 02 2017 Feb 2, 2017 February 02, 2017 8:25 AM February 02, 2017 in Weather
Source: Associated Press

PUNXSUTAWNEY - The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, say the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow.

Members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed their "forecast" at sunrise Thursday.

The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney. That's about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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