Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, which means we've got six more weeks of winter. Who's Punxsutawney Phil? Oh, he's the "seer of seers and prognosticator of prognosticators," a groundhog resident of Punxsutawney, Penn.

According to lore, if the groundhog emerges from his burrow on February 2 (Groundhog Day) and sees his shadow, he will be frightened back into his hole, presaging another six weeks of winter. A cloudy day -- and no shadow -- means winter will end early.

Punxsutawney Phil weighs 20 pounds and is 22 inches long. Although groundhogs live for six to eight years, legend has it that Phil, who is named after King Philip, has been making predictions for 121 years thanks to a magic elixir that he drinks every summer to get seven more years of life.


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- Wikipedia on Groundhog Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groundhog_Day#Famous_prognosticators_and_predictions
- Punxsutawney Groundhog Club: http://www.groundhog.org/






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