Punxsutawney Phil Has Spoken: Six More Weeks of Winter
February 2, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Punxsutawney Phil has spoken. The weather predicting groundhog was snatched from the warmth of his burrow as dawn broke over Pennsylvania this morning and he saw his shadow, which tradition holds means six-more weeks of winter. Hundreds of onlookers shivered in the frigid weather and cheered, as members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, donned in top hats, pulled the sleeping groundhog from his home in a tree stump at Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania.
Phil has now predicted winter 99 times since 1887, according groundhog.org, the official Web site of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. The Web site is offering free Groundhog Day eCards to celebrate today’s holiday.
The groundhog ensconced in a ceremonial burrow, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, has not seen his shadow, which would mean an early spring, only 15 times.
Early German settlers arriving in Pennsylvania, brought the medieval tradition of Groundhog Day to America. Ancient legend held that all hibernating animals left their dens to check the weather on the Christian holiday of Candlemas. If the animals saw their shadows, that signaled that winter was not over and they would return to their dens for another six-weeks.
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