Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Own Shadow, Portending Extended Winter Season

Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Own Shadow, Portending Extended Winter Season

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, portending another six weeks of winter.  The annual weather-predicting ritual took place in the small Pennsylvania borough this morning.

Every February 2, eyes turn to Groundhog Day celebrations in the part of Punxsutawney called Gobbler’s Knob.  The 132-year-old tradition says that the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, wakes up from hibernation on the 2nd.  If he doesn’t see his shadow, the current winter season will be a short one.  If he does, six more weeks of winter are on the way.

The festivities in Punxsutawney are the best known of the celebrations, but more than a dozen states mark the day with their own groundhogs, including Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee and Buckeye Chuck in Ohio.

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