Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Groundhog predicts early spring

Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths holds the weather predicting groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil (AP)
Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, indicating an early spring (AP)

It is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil has made his prediction - he says expect an early spring.

With thousands watching on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, the furry rodent emerged from his lair on Saturday but did not see his shadow.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last six more weeks. But if he does not, spring will come early. At least that is what the Inner Circle says - the group that dons top hats and tuxedos on Groundhog Day each year to oversee the ceremony.

Inner Circle president Bill Deeley said that after "consulting" with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world's most famous groundhog has to say about the weather.

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