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In US Tradition, a Groundhog Predicts Winter Will Linger

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Punxsutawney Phil is held by Ron Ploucha after emerging from his burrow Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

Punxsutawney Phil is held by Ron Ploucha after emerging from his burrow Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

It has been a brutally cold and snowy winter in much of the United States, and now a groundhog is predicting it is going to last another six weeks.

In an annual wintertime amusement, on February 2 a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil poked his head out of his burrow in Punxsutawney, a small town in the eastern state of Pennsylvania.

Weather forecasters mock his predictions, but legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow on Groundhog Day there will be another six weeks of winter. If he doesn't see his shadow, spring will come early.

On Sunday, as 20,000 people watched and cheered his name, Phil saw his shadow.

And that, or so the legend says, heralds more frigid temperatures and snow shoveling for Americans.

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