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English: Groundhog (Whistle Pig) at Hamilton, ...

English: Groundhog (Whistle Pig) at Hamilton, Pa. near Punxsutawney, home of “Phil” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Groundhog clock in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring

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Sat Feb 2, 2013 8:21am EST

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa., Feb. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley was in attendance as thousands of fans watched as Phil made his

highly anticipated weather prognostication, commemorating 127 years of

Pennsylvania’s unique Groundhog Day tradition.

Pennsylvania’s world-famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, predicted an early
spring after emerging from his burrow without seeing his shadow this morning in
the Pennsylvania Wilds.

According to holiday 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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