Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

In the 130th Groundhog Day event this morning, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring.

The legend goes that a magic cane gives the leader of the groundhog “inner circle” the power to speak groundhog. At the same time, Punxsutawney did not see his shadow, meaning an early end to winter.

Phil was a little feisty this morning, not really wanting to come out of his tree stump on Gobbler’s Knob.

But he made his obligatory appearance to a throng of adoring fans.

Phil has a 40 percent accuracy rate in weather forecasting.

Groundhog Day is rooted in a Celtic tradition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on February 2, the Pagan holiday of Imbolc, also called Saint Brigid’s Day, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend says spring would come early.

Ben Hughes, one of the handlers of the weather predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, holds Phil in the air after removing him form his stage stump on Ground Hog's Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. The Groundhog Club said Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) ORG XMIT: PAKS101

Ben Hughes, one of the handlers of the weather predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, holds Phil in the air after removing him form his stage stump on Ground Hog’s Day in Punxsutawney, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008. The Groundhog Club said Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

As if Groundhog Day isn’t famous enough, the holiday was given more publicity in the 1993 Bill Murray film where a weatherman is forced to experience Groundhog Day again and again.

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