Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter

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Potomac Phil in Dupont Circle predicts another six weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 131st annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2017 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Weather lore was brought from German-speaking areas, where the badger is viewed as a forecasting animal.

It is not uncommon for Potomac Phil's "predictions" - translated by DeNu - to follow those of his fellow groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Instead, they may just have to explain that there have been upwards of 40 groundhogs playing the famous weather prognosticator since 1886.

That's still just a prediction, but it's definitely more trustworthy than anything Phil might tell us. If he doesn't spring will arrive early. Chuck didn't see his shadow Friday morning and predicted an early spring. More of Phil's past predictions (link is external)(link is external) are also available from the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club. "I see my royal shadow, six more weeks of winter to go", called out Phil's handler after translating the "Groundhogese". Germans built upon the tradition by looking to the hedgehog as a predictor of weather, the legend goes, and German settlers in Pennsylvania later switched to the groundhog.

Rachael Brinker traveled to Marion from Chicago to celebrate her mom's 60th birthday, which is on Groundhog Day.

For the 131st year, Punxsutawney Phil made his famous prognostication and, once again, science disagrees.

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"Up early this morning".

However, even when Phil's predictions are accurate, they may not be accurate for the entire country.

The event now attracts up to 30,000 visitors to Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, located about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. A big feast is held, and priests bless candles for the coming year on this day.

More than a century later, Groundhog Day has taken on a life of its own.

The tradition grew in popularity in 1993 with the release of the comedy "Groundhog Day", starring Bill Murray. Andie MacDowell stars as Murray's love interest and producer Rita.

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