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Punxsutawney Phil through the years

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 furry weatherman emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.

Legend has it that if the adorable 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 annual Groundhog Day ceremony on Gobbler's Knob, the tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Phil's track record is less than reliable. He's only gotten it right just 39 percent of the time since 1887, but it's always fun to take a look back at his predictions through the years.

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loveeurope2 February 02 2014 at 6:03 PM

Does it really matter what the little critter says? It is a funny tradition in Punxsutawny, people have a good time and it is a tourist attraction. Just go with it!

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Charlene loveeurope2 February 03 2014 at 1:19 AM


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Susan February 02 2014 at 11:42 AM

When I look outside, I see what the weather is.

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Prof. Gilpatrick February 02 2014 at 6:31 PM

Just chance would lead to 50% success rate. This is a suggestion that, based on his odds, we expect the reverse. Spring is a'comin!

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mcrebel February 02 2014 at 11:41 AM

Give him a break he's 127 years old!

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phatpghpa February 02 2014 at 11:37 AM

A groundhog given such an awesome responsibility should at least be addressed by his proper name. Phillip Woodchuck. I hope someone will take heed of this put this into practice.

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Linda Johns February 02 2014 at 6:42 PM

Well, you either habe 6 weeks of winter or you have 6 weeks until Spring. I think it is stupid and if I were the groundhog I would bite someone for waking me up. I can't believe people believe in this stuff. It's just something else to get to be on the news. Grow up people.

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kubi490 Linda Johns February 03 2014 at 3:47 AM

it's a spoof...geez don't take this so seriously

life is good enjoy it

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brian111sam February 02 2014 at 11:33 AM

Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal predicted early spring. I'm going with them :)

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marcella.arteaga February 02 2014 at 11:33 AM

its fun

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Garth February 02 2014 at 11:32 AM

39 percent, Is that now about the same as the guys with all the sohpisticated equipment?

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THE GREAT ONE Garth February 02 2014 at 11:42 AM

even 39% better than the AGW peoples

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rlmcanoe February 02 2014 at 11:32 AM

the poor little animal is being coaxed by the people standing around him, he's so cute

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