Punxsutawney Phil – 6 More Weeks of Winter

Happy Groundhog Day!

Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair to “see” his shadow on Thursday, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil made his annual weather prediction just a little later this morning.

Temperatures were near freezing, 17 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, when he emerged from his home on Gobbler’s Knob just before 7:30 a.m. but that temperature is unseasonably warm for the area this time of year.  They are actually forecast to climb into the mid-40s.

The Groundhog Day celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says, spring will come early.