Six more weeks of winter, according to Punxsutawney Phil!

Six more weeks of winter, according to Punxsutawney Phil!

It's official: Punxsutawney Phil DID see his shadow, which means we'll have SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER!

Staten Island Chuck did not see his shadow on Friday, which means an early spring. However, no matter his prediction, if this pattern stays, we might experience more early springs.

Human weather predictors say this winter should be a bit colder than past year with plenty of chances for snow. After all, as meteorologists are quick to point out, Groundhog Day is based entirely on superstition. This year will be the 132nd ceremony. Phil's caretaker even went so far as to claim that the rodent has never been wrong, but that his predictions have simply been "misinterpreted" by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's president, and that human error is to blame for any missed guesses.

The prediction is usually contained in a short poem.

Did the groundhog see its shadow?

"Here is my forecast, not lead but solid gold; I see my royal shadow, six more weeks of winter to go", the groundhog's handlers proclaimed on behalf of the famous rodent.

If you've been disappointed with the mild winter here in Colorado, then you're in luck.

Many approach the festivities with a bit of hope for a new spring, but it's the winter-loving folk in the group who win out most often.

Candlemas is also the traditional time in some countries when Christmas decorations are removed, so if you've been procrastinating the tree disposal, don't feel too bad. The recurring nature of Phil's day ties in nicely with wanting to watch the whole film play out a couple of times.

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However, the party starts way before that.

The tunnels are.unconfirmed. But however Phil travels to Gobbler's Knob, after he arrives, he awaits his big moment inside a hollowed-out tree stump with a nameplate that says "PHIL". At this point, flipping a coin may be just as accurate as Phil.

That's the word from both the world's most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania and our most famous groundhog in northwest Ohio.

The four-legged creature only has a 39 percent accuracy, according to Stormfax Almanac's data. Here, Phil spends time in a man-made burrow with his wife, Phyllis.

Punxsutawney Phil, the more reputable rodent in February 2 forecasting, did see his shadow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. There are nine years that weren't reported.

The Groundhog Day tradition was brought to America from Europe, and German settlers in Pennsylvania began celebrating the day in the 19th century, substituting that traditional hedgehog for a Groundhog.

DeNu has said he translates Potomac Phil's predictions for spring weather.

They detailed that Phil imparted in "groundhogese" that he had thrown a shadow.

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