Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow; HuckyToo agrees

Groundhog Day: Phil sees shadow; 6 more weeks of winter

Groundhog Day: Phil sees shadow; 6 more weeks of winter

That's in spite of forecasts that predicted a cloudy, shadow-less morning.

Between 100 and 200 people crowded around the stage outside WMRN's studios on North Main Street, cups of hot chocolate and Spam - "ground hog" - sandwiches in hand while awaiting the groundhog's proclamation. But he's always popular. Last year, Phil claimed he did see his shadow. Every Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who many believe has the uncanny ability to predict the weather, makes his way from is burrow located on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, which is about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

They reported that Phil communicated in "groundhogese" that he had cast a shadow.

Human weather predictors say this winter should be a bit colder than past year with plenty of chances for snow.

But anyone who lives here - or who's spent a whole lot of time here - knows that for one short period of time, the whole world is watching and waiting for Phil to do his thing. "Is it an early spring or just more snow?"

The standing Punxsutawney Groundhog Club president is the only person able to interpret Phil's official language known as "Groundhogese".

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Groundhogs, portly rodents belonging to the squirrel family, have been offering weather predictions in the tiny town since 1887. It gets pretty weird.

Each year, Aaron DeNu brings Potomac Phil to what's been dubbed the Dupont Circle Groundhog Day in Northwest Washington. The original Milltown Mel died in July 2015, but his friend took over his name and has carried on with the tradition.

That decision rests in the prediction of the furry forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil.

Punxsutawney might be less accurate than the flip of a coin. Since 1988, the groundhog was "right" 14 times and "wrong" 16 times.

"As a Groundhog Ambassador, I spread the word", Smith said.

If it is sunny, and Phil sees his shadow, then the superstition goes that the United States will have to endure six more weeks of winter. The Dallas-Fort Worth area even saw its warmest winter and February EVER on record. February 2 was the middle of winter, and in Europe, clergymen would give candles to people at religious services.

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