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US Groundhog Predicts Early Spring

Groundhog co-handler Ron Ploucha (R) holds Punxsutawney Phil as the Groundhog Club's Bob Roberts (L) reads the famous groundhog's annual weather prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 127th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2013
There will be an early Spring this year, according to a furry little resident of a small town called Punxsutawney in Pennsylvania.

A groundhog dubbed Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his cozy tree stump home early Saturday, as he does each year, and he did not see his shadow.

Tradition has it that if Phil sees his shadow , there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, it means spring will arrive soon.

Thousands of people gathered in Punxsutawney for the traditional Groundhog Day observance.

Groundhog Day is traditionally observed each February second in cities and villages throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous of the furry prognosticators. Generations of groundhogs have been predicting the weather since 1887.