More winter? Early spring? Groundhogs at odds

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According to an old German legend, if a groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another six weeks. That is disregarding figures that anticipated an overcast, shadow-less morning.

That's the word from both the world's most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania and our most famous groundhog in northwest Ohio. What's more, as per the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his feeling is the special case that issues. In any case, he's constantly well known. Milltown Mel (New Jersey), Sir Walter Wally (North Carolina) and Pierre C. Shadeaux, the Cajun groundhog (Louisiana).

The town's annual Groundhog Day event, made more popular by the 1993 comedy film "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, draws people from as far away as Australia and Russian Federation. But when they moved to Pennsylvania, they found another creature to take its place. As indicated by legend, that implies the climate will be frigid for the following a month and a half.

Many approach the festivities with a bit of hope for a new spring, but it's the winter-loving folk in the group who win out most often. Of course, Phil's fans had been flocking to the site in far-below-freezing temperatures for hours (since the Knob opened around 3 a.m.), but four hours later, it was time to get down to business. We'll just have to wait and see if Phil's shadow lines up with the human experts.

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It is not uncommon for Potomac Phil's "predictions" - translated by DeNu - to follow those of his fellow groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. He likewise transfers his expectations by speaking "Groundhogese" and tastes a "groundhog punch" that fights off death.

"You want a prediction about the weather, you're asking the wrong Phil". The numbers since 1998 show the groundhog's shadow is just as reliable as flipping a coin. Thus, that means that just 24 schools have had multiple top-20 recruiting classes in the past five years.

Background: The groundhog tradition comes from Candlemas Day with early Christians in Europe. Punxsutawney Phil's handlers announced Friday that the rodent saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter. Since he began predicting the weather in 1887, Phil has seen his shadow 104 times and hasn't seen his shadow 18 times.

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