Groundhog Gives Good News For Winter Sufferers

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Groundhog Gives Good News For Winter Sufferers

As the Midwest and East Coast try to recover from this week’s risky Arctic blast, Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog is gearing up to reveal whether an early spring is on the way or if winter will stick around.

"... Your cheers at The Knob really give me a thrill and everyone singing to the world "Phil, Phil, Phil" but predicting the weather, that's my song".

It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the USA thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country's most famous prognosticating groundhogs.

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'I saw Punxsutawney Phil at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day. It's a. sequel? To Groundhog Day?

It's celebrated across North America, but in Punxsutawney they have a much more specific tradition.

On the TV behind the bar, men in top hats and tuxedos dance on a stage in Punxsutawney, a Pennsylvania town some 270 miles away that has made an industry out of a day devoted to a woodchuck. The people in the know will then translate Phil's response for thousands of viewers.

They say he's been sustained by "groundhog punch" which acts as a kind of elixir of life for the animal.

Last year, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, but was proven wrong when temperatures rose through February and March.

Since the entire holiday hinges on a pudgy rodent's weather predictions, it's natural to question how often Punxsutawney Phil is actually correct. Like Murray in the film, you'll be tasked with breaking the time-loop cycle to escape into tomorrow.

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