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Same old Groundhog Day; Phil predicts more winter

Published on Feb 3, 2014 6:26 AM

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania (REUTERS) - Punxsutawney Phil, a famed United States (US) groundhog with an even more famous shadow, emerged from his burrow on Sunday and predicted six more weeks of winter, much to the chagrin of those hoping for an early spring.

The rotund rodent exited his subterranean residence at Gobblers Knob in the western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney around 7.30am on Groundhog Day.

The fuzzy forecaster made his appearance to the shouts of "groundhog", as eager spectators waited to see whether the groundhog - as the legend goes - would see his shadow and predict six more weeks of snow and freezing temperatures. If not, North Americans can expect an early spring.

This year, Phil predicted that winter will stretch on.

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