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Groundhog Day 2014: Punxsutawney Phil Says Six More Weeks Of Winter

Punxsutawney Phil Saw His Shadow

Groundhog Day 2014 was today and many were very disappointed in the forecast that the all famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, delivered. Punxsutawney Phil’s handlers announced that the groundhog did see he’s shadow, meaning that there will be another six long weeks of winter ahead of us.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow on February 2, winter will last another six weeks. If he doesn’t, then spring is supposed to come early. Many across the US were hoping to hear some good news, but the fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow means that we are in for another miserable few weeks.

According to The Weather Channel, before the event, organizers said the odds of Phil seeing his shadow were good. “The groundhog had seen his shadow 100 times, and hasn’t seen it just 17 times, according to the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, the top-hatted gents who handle the animal and translate his forecast. There are no records from many of the early years.” The Washington Post reported that there are nine missing years in the Groundhog Day records.

Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts don’t always follow through. The Washington Post reported that even though Punxsutawney Phil predicted that we would get an early spring last year, “bitter cold and snow affected the eastern US deep into March.”

Well it would seem that this year’s prediction may be true. The Weather Channel is reporting that the next winter attack will be thanks to Winter Storm Nika. While some parts of the east are still dealing with this weekend’s blast from Winter Storm Maximus, other areas of the country are enjoying some dry time before Nika rears its ugly head. This new Winter Storm is predicted to dump six or more inches of snowfall “wherever the heaviest band of snow eventually sets up.”

Will there ever be an end to this bitter cold? Well if Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts of six more weeks of winter is anything to go by… might as well keep your heavy winter gear on hand.

Check out what the Twitter world had to say about Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter:

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