Groundhog Phil forecasts long US winter

2015-02-02 19:25


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Washington- An American weather forecasting tradition involving a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil predicted that the US will face another six weeks of winter weather when the 9-pound rodent emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow on Monday.

In the Groundhog Day tradition that dates back to 1886, members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club pulled Phil from his burrow in the woods of Pennsylvania to see if he had a shadow.

According to lore, the appearance of Phil's shadow means six more weeks of bad weather.

No shadow is thought to be a sign of spring, signalling that Phil should stay above ground.

As in previous years, thousands of onlookers gathered in the town of Punxsutawney before dawn to watch the event, which featured a musical performance and fireworks before Phil's big moment.

Of the 117 records available between 1887-2013 provided by the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has accurately predicted the end of winter only 17 times, according to an analysis by the National Climate Data Centre.

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