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Punxsutawney Phil predicts winter is here to stay


Punxsutawney Phil is held by Ron Ploucha after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., to see his shadow and forecast six more weeks of winter weather Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Video by AP

Punxsutawney Phil predicts winter is here to stay

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Feb 2, 2014

During a blustery 30 degree morning, at 7:28 a.m. ET on Feb. 2, our fuzzy predictor Punxsutawney Phil made his 128th forecast at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Snow is here to stay for six more weeks, at least.

According to the USA Today, translated from "groundhogese," Bill Deeley, president of The Inner Circle spoke on behalf of Phil, saying, "A Super Bowl winner I will not predict, but my weather forecast you cannot contradict. Why that's not a football but my shadow I see, it's six more weeks of winter it must be!"

"The Inner Circle" is a group of local men adorned in old fashioned top hats and black cloaks who represent Phil. "According to folklore, if it's cloudy when the groundhog emerges, the critter will leave his burrow, signifying that winter will soon end," explained USA Today. "If it's a sunny day, Phil will supposedly see his shadow and, frightened, retreat back into his burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks."

The National Climatic Data Center "found that from 1988 to 2012, the groundhog was right 10 times and wrong 15 times," further reports USA Today.

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Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.