Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil 'Predicts' Early Spring

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil 'Predicts' Early Spring

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. * The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he "predicted" an early spring.

"Is this current warm weather more than a trend? Perchance this winter has come to an end? There is no shadow to be cast, an early Spring is my forecast!" read Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club.

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

The Inner Circle congratulated the midweek crowd of about 10,000 revelers, which the group said was one of the largest for a weekday celebration. Many of those in attendance had stayed overnight and partied into the wee hours waiting for the groundhog's forecast. …

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