Groundhog says six more weeks of winter Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha, right, holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, as Jeff Lundy, left, reads Phil's weather proclamation of six-more weeks of winte (AP photos)
Groundhog says six more weeks of winter
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Be prepared for more winter.

So said the handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog. He's Punxsutawney Phil. His handlers say the furry rodent has made his annual forecast. And we're in for six more weeks of winter.

Members of the Inner Circle announced the "prediction" Monday morning. The members are known for wearing top hats.

The forecast comes from a German legend. It says it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

The forecast was also announced on Twitter. That's where the official proclamation was read by Bill Deeley. He is the president of the Inner Circle.

"Forecasts abound on the Internet, but, I, Punxsutawney Phil, am still your best bet. Yes, a shadow I see, you can start to Twitter, hash tag: Six more weeks of winter!"

The forecast was delivered after a steady pre-dawn rain. It turned to snow. Temperatures dropped from the high 30s to around freezing.

The rain kept some revelers away. State police estimated the crowd at around 11,000. The gathering was slightly smaller than in recent years.

Despite the German legend, Phil's handlers don't wait to see if he sees his shadow. He likely would not have on such an overcast day. Instead, the Inner Circle decides on the forecast ahead of time. The group announces it on Gobbler's Knob. It's a tiny hill in the town for which the groundhog is named. Punxsutawney is about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times. An early spring was the forecast just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was the result of the Super Bowl bigger news in Punxsutawney in 2009 than this year?

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COMMENTS (34)
  • VictoriaT-Mau
    2/03/2015 - 11:44 a.m.

    This dose not make any since the story did not even talk about the super bowl what dose the challenge even mean because this is what it said WHY was the results

  • kimberlym-Wre
    2/03/2015 - 01:17 p.m.

    Wow you guys are really excited for winter well me to

  • matthewn-Wre
    2/03/2015 - 01:20 p.m.

    Who think there is six more weeks of winter? I do but agin i dont but really who think there is six more weeks of winter?

  • victorb-Wre
    2/03/2015 - 01:21 p.m.

    This story that I just read was about the groundhog and the groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter they also said that the sign would be on twitter.

  • derricr-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:11 a.m.

    Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times. An early spring was the forecast just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

  • damechiah-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:11 a.m.

    Its bigger than that year because then it wasn't a big deal but now its a huge deal. everybody gose to the Surper blow party I went one this past year and it was fun .That's why it was so new back in that days but now its a huge deal even to me I love the surper blow its like this fun sport which my dad loves bye the way. It wasn't that popurlar because it was just getting so new for there town but now everybody loves it speali the boys. That is the answer

  • malikkh-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:12 a.m.

    Groundhog is a German legend and Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog.An early spring was the forecast just 17 times.

  • adrianb-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:13 a.m.

    Because Pubxsutawney was in't a big deal back then.But the super bowl was big because ever one like
    the Super Bowl.But now ever one loved Punxsutawny and I don't know why.

  • marcelliusP-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:13 a.m.

    Because the Super Bowl is a big event and people watch it so they can know who won or lost so they can have parties and to them it may have been a really big event so that's why the results were bigger.

  • jeilynh-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:14 a.m.

    The Supper Bowl was bigger news in Punxsutawney in 2009 than this year because people in Punxsuawey liked football more than now.And because they are much bigger fans than now.

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