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Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Winter Continues

7:25 AM EST, February 2, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist


Punxsutawney Phil has made his Groundhog Day prediction and he saw his shadow, so it looks like there will be six more weeks of winter.

The forecasting method, according to the tradition, involves bringing Phil out of his burrow at around 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.

<>, and when rustled out of his burrow, Phil was greeted by his shadow. As a result, according to tradition, there will be no early spring this year. Spring lovers will have to wait for the Vernal Equinox, on March 20, for the start of their favorite season.

Phil`s shadow has made an appearance on Groundhog Day far more often than not. This was the 101st time out of 117 that the forecast of six more weeks of winter has come up. In 2011, he avoided his shadow, predicting an early spring.

Numerous other cities also have their own Groundhog Day mascots, including Raleigh, N.C., with Sir Walter Wally, Buckeye Chuck of Marion, Ohio, and General Beauregard Lee of Liliburn, Ga. Groundhog Day isn`t just an American tradition either, with Canada having its furry prognosticator, Wiarton Willy, giving the country a spring (or winter) forecast as well.

Check out some of the other WeatherBug stories on Groundhog Day on your WeatherBug. Keep your WeatherBug active through the rest of the winter for the latest watches, warnings and advisories that may be issued for your area, and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter.


Story Image: Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 126th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler`s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar, AP)

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