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Six More Weeks of Winter or an Early Spring? Only the Groundhog Knows!

Posted: Updated: - Since 1886 thousands of people flock to the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to see if a groundhog named Phil will see, or not see, his shadow.

The tradition's roots lie in an old German poem, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl until the May."

According to folklore, if the groundhog see his shadow when he emerges from his burrow (at 7:20 in the morning) we'll get another six weeks of winter.  If the skies are cloudy and he doesn't see his shadow then we'll get an early spring!

The forecast for Sunday in Punxsutawney is around 35° with overcast skies and snow in the morning; odds are, Phil will not see his shadow!

According to the National Climatic Data Center, Phil's forecasting ability is "on average, inaccurate," that "the groundhog has shown no talent for predicting the arrival of spring, especially in recent years."

Regardless, fingers crossed for an early spring!
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