Phil Expects An Early Spring

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (February 2, 2013)--Punxsutawney Phil made his prediction Saturday; he says to expect an early spring.

With thousands watching on Gobbler's Knob in west-central Pennsylvania, the furry rodent emerged from his lair Saturday, but didn't see his shadow.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last six more weeks, but if he doesn't, spring will come early, at least according to the Inner Circle, the group that dons top hats and tuxedos on Groundhog Day each year to oversee the ceremony.

Inner Circle president Bill Deeley says that after "consulting" with Phil, he makes the call in deciphering what the world's most famous groundhog has to say about the weather.


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