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Groundhog Day:Hey Punxsutawney Phil What Did You See?

America's most famous groundhog did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring.

Groundhog Day and the shadows of spring – it's a ritual for the entire country, based on the antics of a Pennsylvania groundhog named Phil.

So, did that groundhog see his shadow and force six more weeks of winter in Wrentham?

Spoiler alert:

It's going to be an early spring!

According to the official Punxsutawney Groundhog Club website, Punxutawney Phil emerged from his borrow at 7:28 a.m. and saw no shadow

Here are Phil's past few predictions (via Punxutawny Groundhog Club):

2012

Phil saw his shadow

2011

No shadow

2010

Phil saw his shadow and told his prediction to new Inner Circle President Bill Deeley.

2009

Phil saw his shadow and Inner Circle President Bill Cooper completed his final interpretation and retired at Gobblers Knob.

Here's 5 Fun Facts About Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil (from the official website of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club):

  1. On Feb. 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter.
  2. The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania's earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states, "For as the sun shines on Candlemas Day, so far will the snow swirl in May..."
  3. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s. The first official trek to Gobbler's Knob was made on Feb. 2, 1887.
  4. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog.
  5. The gentlemen in the top hats are known as the Groundhog Club's Inner Circle. They're a group of local dignitaries responsible for carrying on the tradition of Groundhog Day every year. They're the ones who are not only responsible for planning the events every year, but they're also responsible for the feeding and care of Phil himself.

TELL US: What do you think of Phil's prediction? Tell us in the comments below!

sandy February 03, 2013 at 11:12 AM
I don't think it matters either way if he sees his shadow either way there's 6 more weeks of winter
Daniel G. February 03, 2013 at 11:25 AM
I think groundhog day just gives people something else to do or celebrate, i mean how many times out of the last 20 year was Phil the groundhog right?
jane werner February 03, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I like the tradition, it's a fun holiday, we need more laughter. Who really cares if he is right?
sharon lee scott February 03, 2013 at 07:01 PM
He has been right quite often, but to me that does not matter. It is a fun holiday, just something to brighten up the winter dulls. I mean to me Super Bowl is nothing, makes no difference in the fact of life, still six more weeks of winter. But, it is a break from the every day dull routine of winter routine, so people look forward to parties and the game. It does no harm, so what harm is groundhog day. I look forward to Phil's prediction every Feb. 2nd.
sharon lee scott February 03, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I like the tradition, what does it matter if he's right or not, it's a fun break from the hum drum of winter. I mean I don't care about the Super Bowl it does not matter who wins it will not change anything in our lives, but people love it, they look forward to it. They have parties. It is a break. So to me I look forward to Phil's predictions. It's fun! We need more fun and laughter in our lives. Just for fun sake!. Have fun at your Super Bowl Party today! And I'll wait for my early spring Phil just promised me yesturday!

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