Puxatony Phil

February 2, 2011 by USA Post 

Puxatony Phil, (AP) – The most famous groundhog predicted an early spring world Wednesday, but was not ready to go out on a limb to predict whether the Pittsburgh Steelers will win next Sunday’s Super Bowl. Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn on Groundhog Day to make his 125th annual weather forecasts before a smaller crowd than usual that braved mud, ice conditions to hear managers reveal that he had not seen his shadow.

Including Wednesday’s forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and did not see that 16 times since 1887, Punxsutawney Groundhog Club by Inner Circle, which runs the event. There are no records for the remaining years, if the group has continued to issue forecasts.

Two years ago, forecast Phil has also recognized the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII win the day. This year, Sunday’s game was mentioned in the forecast, but no winner has been provided between the Steelers and Packers Green Bay, who will gather in Dallas to Super Bowl XLV.

“The Steelers are the Super Bowl, Mike Johnson, vice president of the Inner Circle, said just before the forecast was read, drawing cheers from the crowd clearly supporters gathered at Gobbler’s Knob, a small hill in the district of approximately 6,100 residents about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The celebration of Groundhog Day is rooted in a German superstition that says that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow Feb. 2 the Christian holiday of Candlemas winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

On this Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog world-renowned and Ducks NorthEscambia. Com weather predicted again in early spring.

Forklore said that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Groundhog Day, it means more than six weeks of winter. We have not had a groundhog at hand for a photo, but we have the Ducks Weather (pictured above). And just like their buddy weather most famous Pennsylvania, our ducks weather was not their shadow this morning here in North Escambia as they checked their computer weather.

For those who might be a little uncertain as the ability to duck the time, we offer the two photos below show the time ducks provide six weeks of winter on Groundhog Day 2010 and 10 days later with their fellow snow in Atmore.

In honor of Groundhog Day, if you’re curious to know what Philip Glass Punxsutawney, Punxsutawney Phillip Marlowe, and Punxsutawney Phyllis Diller might have to say about this holiday, check out Monkey See contributor Glen Weldon, who was pursuing this idea on Twitter all morning.

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