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February 2, 2010

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Today is Groundhog Day and a groundhog named Phil in Punxsutawney, Pa., has predicted six more weeks of winter.

The forecasting method, according to the tradition, is to bring Phil out of his burrow at 7:25 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 2, a holiday celebrating the midpoint of winter known as Candlemas Day. If the groundhog sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. However, if Phil doesn`t see his shadow, winter is said to come to an abrupt end and spring is here. The forecast is communicated to his handlers - - who apparently are able to speak to him - - who pass this on to the world.

Since the tradition began in 1887, Phil has avoided his shadow 15 times, most recently in 2007. Ninety-eight other times he saw his shadow, and the other nine times, no record was taken. Numerous other cities also have their own Groundhog Day animals, including Raleigh, N.C., with Sir Walter Wally, Wiarton, Ontario`s Wiarton Willie (who also has a statue in his honor!), and General Beauregard Lee of Liliburn, Ga.

Do you have a tradition that helps get you through the rest of winter`s long, cold and gray days? Do you have a prediction what Phil will see on Tuesday, and the forecast for the next six weeks? Well here is your chance to share your thought and predictions with other WeatherBug users like you.

Click here to submit your forecast to us on the WeatherBug Backyard Blog. Check your WeatherBug for more information as Groundhog Day approaches, and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter at WeatherBug WeatherBuzz.

Here are some of the predictions received so far:

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Unfortunately, Phil will see his shadow this year. Six more weeks of winter! ~ Carol, Westfield, Mass.

Cloudy skies will be across Pennsylvania this year. Bring the spring. ~ Andy, Maryland.

I think the groundhog should just come out and tell us to look out our windows ~ Nathan, Georgia.

My forecast is 6 more weeks of winter maybe longer. ~ Rhonda, Rhode Island.

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