Groundhogs Conflict Over Spring Predictions


UPDATED: Sunday February 2, 2014 9:30 AM

The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he is forecasting six more weeks of what has already felt like a brutally long and cold winter.
    
Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak Sunday.
    
Legend has it that if the furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another month-and-a-half. If he doesn't see it, spring will come early.
    
In reality, Phil's prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle, whose members don top hats and tuxedos for the ceremony on Groundhog Day each year.
    
Phil is the most famous of a small group of groundhogs said to forecast the weather, including Staten Island Chuck in New York and General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta.

In opposition to Phil’s prediction, Ohio’s own Buckeye Chuck did not see his shadow, which indicates spring will come early.

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