Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Longer Winter

Image: Handlers: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Longer Winter Punxsutawney Phil is held by Ron Ploucha on Groundhog Day at Gobblers Knob on Feb. 2.

Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 08:01 AM

 

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The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter.

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.

Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.

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