Punxsutawney Phil forecasts more winter

2014-02-02 16:30
Punxsutawney Phil after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Gene J Puskar, AP)

Punxsutawney Phil after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Gene J Puskar, AP)

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Washington - The United States, which has been hit by a severe winter already, can expect more of the same, according to a 128-year tradition of weather forecasting involving a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil.

Phil was taken from his burrow on Sunday, like every 2 February, and according to lore, if he sees his shadow, the US is in for another six weeks of winter.

A collective groan escaped the crowd gathered outside Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club announced that the furry forecaster predicted more cold weather.

Other US states, including West Virginia, Ohio and Georgia, have their own groundhog prognosticators, but Phil is the most famous.

His renown was sealed with a starring appearance in the 1993 Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day.

His predictions, however, are not always right.

Last year, for instance, Phil forecast a quick spring, only for winter storms to sweep across the country in March and April.

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