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Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Official Call

Sorry, but Groundhog Day prediction out of Pa. is 6 more weeks of winter

(Newser) - If you were hoping for an early spring, better climb back into bed. Early Wednesday, Punxsutawney Phil made his annual Groundhog Day prediction on what the weather is looking like for the near future, and it appears we have six more weeks of winter ahead of us, reports the Pittsburgh ...

Weather-Predicting Groundhog Dies Just Before His Big Day

'Milltown Mel' crosses the rainbow bridge

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, but Milltown, NJ, isn't celebrating this year. "Milltown Mel," the town's weather-prognosticating groundhog, died within days of the holiday. "We Wranglers are sad to report that Milltown Mel recently crossed over the rainbow bridge," the groundhog's official Facebook page...

Mayor Admits Groundhog Was Dead on Groundhog Day

This has happened before, caretaker says

(Newser) - As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, strange news has emerged about a different holiday north of the border. Authorities in South Bruce Peninsula have admitted that groundhog Wiarton Willie, the Canadian equivalent of Punxsutawney Phil, died of a tooth abscess before this year's Groundhog Day. While the pandemic made this year'...

On Groundhog Day, Phil Sees His Shadow

Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter

(Newser) - There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties, per the AP . Members of Phil's “inner circle” woke up the furry critter at 7:25am at Gobbler’s Knob...

Groundhog Declares 'a Certainty'
'a Certainty'

Groundhog Declares 'a Certainty'

Early spring is coming

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog on Sunday declared: “Spring will be early, it's a certainty,” reports the AP . At sunrise on Groundhog Day, members of Punxsutawney Phil's top hat-wearing inner circle revealed the cuddly oracle's prediction—his 134th, according to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. Awoken...

Shadow or No Shadow? The Groundhog Has Spoken

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, meaning a supposedly early spring

(Newser) - As the country continued to teeth-chatter its way this week through the polar vortex, some looked forward to Saturday, when a certain weather-watching rodent was set to make his prediction for 2019. And the verdict from Punxsutawney Phil is in: The groundhog didn't see his shadow, which supposedly means...

Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Forecast

Six more weeks of winter

(Newser) - Punxsutawney Phil made his usual forecast on Friday: Six more weeks of winter. Yes, the world's most famous groundhog saw his shadow at sunrise during the traditional Groundhog Day festivities in Pennsylvania, according to his human handlers. That's par for the course: The AP notes that records show...

Punxsutawney Phil Delivers His Forecast

Six more weeks of winter

(Newser) - The groundhog has spoken: No early spring. The handlers of Punxsutawney Phil say he saw his shadow Thursday morning during the traditional Groundhog Day festivities in Pennsylvania, meaning six more weeks of winter. For Phil fans, it's not a big surprise: Records show the groundhog has predicted an early...

The Groundhog Has Spoken
 The Groundhog 
 Has Spoken 

The Groundhog Has Spoken

Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow, predicts early spring

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil already has issued his winter forecast: an early spring. At the annual tradition in Pennsylvania's Gobbler's Knob, the groundhog emerged from his cage (which looks like a tree trunk) and saw no shadow, according to the emcee of the Groundhog Club....

Groundhog Chomps Wisconsin Mayor's Ear

6 more weeks of pain in Sun Prairie?

(Newser) - It was a Groundhog Day that the mayor of Sun Prairie, Wis., definitely won't want to relive over and over again. As a handler held Jimmy the groundhog close to Mayor Jon Freund so the official could hear Jimmy's "prediction" yesterday, the animal bit him on the...

Rejoice, Winter: Groundhog Sees Shadow

Punxsutawney Phil says 6 more weeks of winter; Staten Island Chuck begs to differ

(Newser) - Like last year , Punxsutawney Phil rose early this morning, looked around, and doomed us all to six more weeks of winter, reports the AP . The official proclamation: "Forecasts abound on the Internet, but I, Punxsutawney Phil, am still your best bet. Yes, a shadow I see, you can...

Mayor de Blasio a Groundhog Killer?

Staten Island Chuck died a week after Groundhog Day fall

(Newser) - Staten Island Chuck has died, and he apparently didn't just peacefully pass on to "that big farm in the sky," as one NYC lawmaker puts it. Rather, as per the rather breathless New York Post , "Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands!"...

De Blasio Drops Groundhog
 De Blasio Drops 

De Blasio Drops Groundhog

NYC coincidentally in for 6 more weeks of winter

(Newser) - Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, but his Big Apple counterpart saw his shadow take a tumble: As the Staten Island Advance reports, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio fumbled and dropped Staten Island Chuck at this morning's large-rodent-as-weather-prognosticator festivities. Chuck—full name Charles G. Hogg—appears unharmed, though...

Guess Who Saw His Shadow?
 Guess Who Saw His Shadow? 

Guess Who Saw His Shadow?

6 more weeks of this. Thanks, Punxsutawney Phil

(Newser) - The handlers for groundhog Punxsutawney Phil say he's forecasting six more weeks of what already has felt like a brutally long and cold winter. Pennsylvania's famed groundhog emerged from his lair in front of thousands of fans around daybreak today. Legend has it that if the furry rodent...

Another State Calls for Punxsutawney Phil's Head

Maryland's Montgomery County PD issues wanted poster for groundhog

(Newser) - Seems Punxsutawney Phil is on everybody's not-so-hot list after promising an early spring that didn't exactly come to pass. Days after an Ohio prosecutor indicted the weather-predicting groundhog , calling for the death penalty, a Maryland police department has issued a wanted poster , DCist reports. The critter is wanted...

Punxsutawney Phil Faces Execution Threat

Prosecutor furious over groundhog's 'misrepresentation of spring'

(Newser) - Punxsutawney Phil could be in serious trouble. He didn't see his shadow this year , meaning spring should come early. But the season has shown no signs of arriving as of yet in Ohio's Butler County, and a prosecutor there has "indicted" Phil, charging him with "misrepresentation...

Groundhog Day: Phil Predicts Early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil doesn't see his shadow

(Newser) - It's Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring. The Pennsylvanian did not see his shadow in Gobbler's Knob this morning, according to the "Inner Circle" that runs the ceremony. No word yet from rivals Staten Island Chuck in New York, General Beauregard Lee in Atlanta,...

Punxsutawney Phil Declares: Early Spring

Famed groundhog didn't see his shadow

(Newser) - Can it be? A glimmer of good, 45-degree news? Punxsutawney Phil emerged today and did not see his shadow, meaning his annual weather forecast is for an early spring, reports the AP . To the cynical: Phil has seen his shadow 98 of the 113 years that have been recorded since...

Groundhog: Get Ready for 6 More Weeks
 Get Ready for 
 6 More Weeks 

Groundhog: Get Ready for 6 More Weeks

Groundhog Day is here again...and winter is here for a bit longer

(Newser) - PETA may be calling for his replacement-by-robot , but that didn't stop Punxsutawney Phil from doing his job today. The most famous weather forecaster on four legs saw his shadow this morning in Gobbler's Knob, and you know what that means: six more weeks of winter. Conveniently enough, the official end...

Robot Should Replace Punxsutawney Phil: PETA

Groundhog Day is too stressful, group says

(Newser) - PETA has taken on the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, alleging that the famous clairvoyant groundhog is abused by the annual festivities and suggesting it be replaced with a robot. In a letter, a PETA representative claims that the crowds, flashbulbs from cameras, and handling involved in Groundhog Day stress out poor...

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