Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY , Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Pennsylvania-based groundhog stepped out of his burrow Sunday morning and saw his shadow.
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Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, six more weeks of winter predicted

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, six more weeks of winter predicted

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his hole Sunday and saw his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter, his handlers said.

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HAMILTON, Ohio, March 26 (UPI) -- An Ohio prosecutor said he is dropping charges against Punxsutawney Phil after the groundhog's handler took responsibility for spring's late start.

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HAMILTON, Ohio, March 22 (UPI) -- An Ohio prosecutor has filed a tongue-in-cheek "indictment" against Punxsutawney Phil, accusing the groundhog of incorrectly predicting the weather.
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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Spring will arrive soon, that famous furry forecaster in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, indicated Saturday, though a southern groundhog predicted otherwise.

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Woo-hoo! Phil predicts early spring

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Furry weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow Wednesday, indicating spring is just weeks around the corner.

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Don't stow the shovel; Phil sees shadow

GOBBLERS KNOB, Pa., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Pennsylvania's groundhog prognosticator, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow Tuesday, forecasting another six weeks of winter beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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Punxsutawney Phil
Punxsutawney Phil poses with co-handler Ben Hughes following his forecast of an early spring after emerging from his stump on Gobbler's Knob and not seeing his shadow on February 2, 2011, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This is the 125th official prediction from Gobbler Knob by the weather forecasting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil . UPI/Archie Carpenter

Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog resident of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2 (Groundhog Day) of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the beloved groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of town. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an early spring. The date of Phil's prognostication is known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada. He is considered to be the world's most famous prognosticating rodent. During the rest of the year, Phil lives in the town library with his "wife" Phyllis.

A select group, called the Inner Circle, takes care of Phil year-round and also plans the annual ceremony. Members of the Inner Circle are recognizable by their top hats and tuxedos. Phil currently has two co-handlers, Ben Hughes and John Griffiths.

Zoological data suggest that groundhogs have an average lifespan of ten years in captivity and six years in the wild, with a maximum lifespan of 14 years in captivity documented. Punxsutawney Phil fans say that there is only one Phil (all the other groundhog weathermen are impostors), and that he has made weather prognostications for over 121 years as of 2011. They say that every summer, Phil is given a sip of the mysterious Groundhog Elixer, which magically lengthens his life for seven years. This is done by Inner Circle members. According to the Groundhog Club, Phil, after making the prediction, speaks to the Club President in "Groundhogese", which only the Inner Circle appear to understand, and then his prediction is translated for the entire world.

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