Groundhog Day Prediction

February 2, 2007

For the first time in over seven years Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow after he was pulled from his stump.

According to German folklore that means we can expect to see an early spring instead of six more weeks of winter.

Phil has been predicting the weather since 1886. The last time he failed to see his shadow was in 1999.

More than 15,000 gathered to wait for the prediction as fireworks and music filled the air. This year Phil had a new handler after long time handler Bill Deely decided to retire.

John Griffiths and Ben Hughes, members if the Groundhog club, took Deely's place this year.

"It's a lot of work, but it's exciting to know you're a part of one of the most phenomenal parts of American folklore," Hughes said.

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