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Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Annual Appearance (Getty Images)

Punxatawney Phil made his annual prognostication on Saturday morning.  He didn’t see his shadow and it means spring will arrive early this year.  Phil emerged from his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob at sunrise and according to legend if he see his shadow it scares him back into his burrow to wait out another six weeks of winter.  If there is no shadow it means warmer temperatures are ahead.It’s a tradition that extends back 127 years and this year because Ground Hog Day falls on a weekend, an estimated 30,000 people turned out in Punxatawney, Pennsylvania for the annual celebration.  When the event happens on a weekend about half that amount turn out.

Over the years Phil has seen his shadow 87% of the time he ventures out meaning an extended winter.  How accurate is he?  According to Stormfax.com he’s correct only 39% of the time.  So I wouldn’t break out the shorts and sandals just yet.

 

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