Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

 

Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The handlers say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he's "predicted" an early spring. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The handlers say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he’s “predicted” an early spring. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent didn’t see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he “predicted” an early spring.

“Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end? There is no shadow to be cast, an early spring is my forecast!,” read Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Inner Circle of The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

Not all furry rodents agreed with Phil on Tuesday. In Michigan, handlers of Woody the Woodchuck said she predicted six more weeks of winter. The same went for Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck.

And in Canada, two four-legged forecasters split the decision. Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam called for an early spring, while Ontario’s Wiarton Willie expected six more weeks of winter.

 

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