Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog saw his shadow this morning, predicting six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil made the prediction at sunrise.

Legend has it if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, expect six more weeks of winter-like weather. If not, expect spring-like temperatures.

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

Records dating to 1887 show Phil predicting more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. No records exist for the remaining years.

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