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Groundhog Day 2016: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts an Early Spring

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Punxsutawney Phil relaxes in his cage during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 08:59 AM

Groundhog Day 2016 came and went Tuesday with Pennsylvania's most famous critter, Punxsutawney Phil, failing to see his shadow, which means an early spring is reportedly headed our way.

Members of the top hat-wearing Inner Circle announced the "forecast" at sunrise, just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler's Knob, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

In New York, Staten Island Chuck agrees with Phil; an early spring is coming.

The groundhog did not see his shadow as he emerged from his home at the Staten Island Zoo early Tuesday.

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Groundhog Day 2016 came and went Tuesday with Pennsylvania's most famous critter, Punxsutawney Phil, failing to see his shadow, which means an early spring is reportedly headed our way.
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