Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Punxsutawney Phil: There will be an early Spring this year

Punxsutawney Phil, the world's official groundhog, lives in a burrow on top of Gobbler's Knob just outside of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Every February 2nd. he comes out of his hole early in the morning and looks around. If he sees his shadow, he is startled, which makes him run back into his hole, meaning there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, he stays out poking around for awhile, meaning there will be an early spring.

Today, as they do every year, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle donned tuxedos and silk top hats, then marched up to the top of Gobbler's knob to receive the official prognostication from Phil. At exactly 7:20 a.m. EST, the club president spoke to Phil in Groundhogese and was told that he (Phil) had not seen his shadow and therefore Spring was on the way soon.

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