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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