US braced for groundhog’s forecast

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Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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If history is any guide, the handlers of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil are likely to forecast six more weeks of winter.

Pennsylvania’s famed groundhog is due to emerge from his lair in front of thousands of revellers around dawn on Monday.

A German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by a group called the Inner Circle on Gobbler’s Knob, the tiny hill in the town for which he’s named about 65 miles north east of Pittsburgh.

Records going back to 1887 show Phil has predicted more winter 101 times while forecasting an early spring just 17 times. There are no records for the remaining years.

Published: Monday 2nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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