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Groundhog Day: Six more weeks of winter, says Punxsutawney Phil

America’s furriest – and, frankly, least productive – weatherman made his annual appearance today.


THE WORLD’S FURRIEST weather forecaster says six more weeks of winter are in store for the US.

In an annual 2 February tradition, a groundhog named “Punxsutawney Phil” emerged from winter hibernation in his burrow to test the weather.

According to his handlers at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, established in 1887, the rodent saw his shadow on Friday and scurried back inside, auguring six more weeks of winter.

No shadow and it would have been an early spring.

A number of towns in the United States and Canada celebrate Groundhog Day but Punxsutawney Phil, named for his hometown in Pennsylvania, is the most celebrated of the rodent weather prognosticators.

Groundhog Day is also the title of the 1993 cult classic movie featuring Bill Murray in which he wakes up and experiences the same day again and again.

© AFP 2018

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