Groundhog Day Prediction: 6 More Weeks of Winter

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The official Punxsutawney Phil Groundhog Day 2017 celebration at Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania began today at 6 a.m. And unfortunately, the rodent saw his shadow… which means six more weeks of winter.

Groundhog Day was first officially established in 1887 by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. The club has monitored the event every year since. “Punxsutawney Phil” has been the name of the resident groundhog used for weather prognostication for the club since its inception, and the club jokingly claims that there has only ever been one Punxsutawney Phil.

However, the average lifespan of a captive groundhog is 9-14 years.

According to the Groundhog Day legend, if it’s cloudy when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow, then spring will come early; if it’s sunny, the groundhog will get scared by its shadow and run back into its burrow, bringing on six more weeks of winter.

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