February 2-Ground Hog Day and an Early Spring!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pennsylvania's world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, did not see his shadow this morning; predicting that an early spring is on its way. Thousands of fans braved the chill at Gobbler's Knob in the Pennsylvania Wilds to watch Phil give his highly anticipated weather prognostication and commemorate 125 years of Groundhog Day.

According to folklore, if the groundhog emerges in the early morning on Feb. 2 and does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. If he sees his shadow, six more weeks of wintry weather are expected. The annual event that started with a small group of men known as the Inner Circle, now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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