Groundhog Day Forecast: Spring is On the Way


This morning, the "prognosticator of all prognosticators"—Punxsutawney Phil—was awakened to announce his Groundhog Day prediction for an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Folklore says if a groundhog emerges to see its shadow, then six more weeks of winter weather is on the way, but if it sees no shadow, spring is forecast to come early.

Those tired of the Treasure Valley's snowfall and icy temperatures should rejoice: Observers revealed the noble groundhog, upon emerging from Gobbler's Knob hill, did not see his shadow, and that the warmer temperatures of springtime are on their way.

After emerging from his burrow with the tap of a cane at 7:28 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Penn., Phil made his prediction as part of a tradition extending back 127 years in Pennsylvania, and originating in the Middle Ages.

According to ABC News, Phil and his ancestors saw their shadows 99 times, predicting a longer winter, while predicting an early spring only 16 times.

Click below to see a photo of Phil.

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