6 More Weeks of Winter According to Phil at Punxsutawney
Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania is the world's most famous forecaster. Phil popped out of his burrow Sunday morning and saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter while the crowd gathered at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.
According to folklore, if it's cloudy when the groundhog emerges, the critter will leave his burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If it's a sunny day, Phil will supposedly see his shadow and, frightened, retreat back into his burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.
Phil emerged at 7:28 a.m. but quickly retreated. Phil is not always right; 80% correct and 20% wrong. We will soon see if he is correct this year. I hope so!
Phil was brought to the podium by a group of local dignitaries known as the Inner Circle, all men clad in top hats and old-fashioned black frock coats.
This was the 128th time Punxsutawney Phil had made his prediction.
Punxsutawney is pronounced "Punk-sit-taw-nee."
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