Thousands Wait for Phil's Forecast in Punxsutawney

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Other prognosticating animals:

  • "Staten Island Chuck", New York
  • "General Beauregard Lee", Atlanta
  • "Mojave Max", Las Vegas
  • "Wiarton Willie", Wiarton, Ontario

 

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - Furry little Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil is ready to make his annual appearance out of Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania.

Groundhog Day is Saturday, and the community is holding its welcome-back bash for the famous winter-weather prognosticator - the so-called seer of seers and sage of sages.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks. No shadow means an early spring.

Phil's got company. Groundhogs in Atlanta, New York, and Ontario also make predictions.

But Punxsutawney partisans say Phil is the original and the best. The 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray brought the Pennsylvania rodent even more notoriety.


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