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Groundhog Predicts Extended Winter

(Punxsutawney, PA.) - A late spring is forecast on this Groundhog day.


Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrated groundhog from Pennsylvania, saw his shadow when he emerged from a hole in a tree during annual heavily attended festivities. 


No shadow means an early spring.


Groundhog day originated from a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrows on this day and sees its shadow, the animal retreat to its den and winter will go on for six more weeks.


If it does not see its shadow, spring will arrive early.


According to statistics, the groundhog has only been accurate in its forecasting 39-percent of the time since the 1800’s.

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