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)
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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)
  • asharav-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:15 a.m.

    The results of the Super Bowl were bigger news in Punxsutawney in 2009 than this year because this year the game wasn't so new but back in Punxsutawney 2009 it was most likely newer and a good game.

  • jordyn-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:18 a.m.

    the result of Super bowl has bigger news because is was more populatory in 2009.

  • tiequanh-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:18 a.m.

    They was much young and now they are old and rusty

  • jordankd-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:18 a.m.

    The results was bigger news. Because in Punxsutawney the 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.

  • braylonm-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:19 a.m.

    beacouse it was again this year and it was bigger and beter than ever . the super bowl was going on for years now that it is still on moor football games than ever .it was neweweland patrots vs seattle sea hawks the game was won by the patrots on esppn people say that the patrots say that the patrots cheeted by dleing the ball but espn sias that it is not cheeting beacouse thay came out an they were going to lose the game but patrots coght bach up and won 24 to 28 .at half time katty parry siang her songs with her bach up dansers some people say that they wish shell fall but I say she did good back to you mrs.davis thank you!

  • savannaw-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:19 a.m.

    The Super Bowl was bigger news in Punxsutawney in 2009 than this year because since on. Groundhog Day winter was predicted 102 times! They would have not think the Super Bowl would happen if winter has been in Punxsutaweny so many times.

  • mahkaylac-Dav
    2/04/2015 - 09:20 a.m.

    you should realy check your spelling some did not make sents so you should do that over but to me it was pretty good to me but I did learn something aboput how days were in the past so0 this was great to learn more and more it gets so better and who ever did this they were awesome and tanleted to me they were doing there on trying to entertain us that was the best part about it. it wqas like creative work that I saw so this is s great commet to you and that story was awesome how did you come up with all those ideas you rock so much!!!!!!!LOVE IT!!!!!!?????

  • BellaT-Hay
    2/04/2015 - 10:49 a.m.

    yes I think there will be six more weeks of winter because I think it is true and I love winter so much that it is useful.

  • BellaT-Hay
    2/04/2015 - 10:51 a.m.

    yes I think there will be six more of winter because I belive it

  • BrysonFarley-Hay
    2/04/2015 - 10:54 a.m.

    Because there was an early spring so that's why I think

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