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Phil Sees Shadow, More Winter Ahead

Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter. But, at this rate, that might not be so bad. The groundhog made his “prediction” on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. (See more on Punxsutawney Phil.) Temperatures were near freezing when he emerged at dawn — unseasonably warm — and were forecast to climb into the mid-40s in a winter that's brought little snow and only a few notably cold days to much of the East/Time U.S. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Ready for 6 more weeks of winter?

No Shadow For Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather predicting groundhog, crawls off the shoulder of handler Ben Hughes during the annual Groundhog Day festivities this morning in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Groundhog Club claimed that Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that winter has ended on Groundhog Day. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Question: Did you realize that winter ends today, because Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow?

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow

Item: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow: Winter to continue another 6 weeks/AP

More Info: According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2 — the Christian holiday of Candlemas — winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early. Since 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, hasn’t seen it 15 times, and there are no records for nine years, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. In reality, Phil doesn’t see much of anything. The result is actually decided in advance by 14 members of the club’s Inner Circle, who don tuxedos and top hats for the event.

Question: Are you ready for another 6 weeks of winter?

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