Punxsutawney Phil: Spring is coming!
"The prognosticator of all prognosticators," Punxsutawney Phil, didn't see his shadow -- signalling that spring is on its way.
February 2nd, 2013
07:46 AM ET

Punxsutawney Phil: Spring is coming!

If you were hoping to be done with winter, Punxsutawney Phil has some good news for you - an early spring is on the way.

After the groundhog was summoned from his burrow at the Gobbler's Knob hill in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, early Sunday, observers proclaimed that "the prognosticator of all prognosticators" had not seen his shadow.

The tradition goes back to medieval times when there was a superstition that all hibernating animals emerged from their caves and dens to check on the weather on Candlemas, which is halfway between the winter solstice in December and the vernal equinox in March. If the animals saw their shadows, winter would go on for another six weeks, and they could go back to sleep, according to the tradition.

Meanwhile, at New York's Staten Island Zoo, fellow groundhog Staten Island Chuck also didn't see his shadow on Sunday, agreeing that an early spring was on its way.

The Staten Island event has happened for 32 years. Punxsutawney's celebration goes back 127 years.

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  1. Jeff Roem

    I gobble knobs between pizzas.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Wow! The moderators must be on permanant hiatus!

    February 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    And there is only ONE troll as you already know. And apparantly he works for cnn or the foul words wouldnt be allowed.

    February 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Youre still a POS @ jeff roem no matter how many times they delete my posts. Youve hijacked nearly everyone posting on this thread!

    February 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Lol jeffrey, jeffrey, jeffrey just because you chose to hijack another name is not changing my opinion of you in the least! And im not shouting. I am lol at how ridiculous you are and the idea that you think you are fooling anyone because you are not.

    February 2, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Roem

    I need to die. Please, someone put me out of my misery.

    February 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    You arent alone, we ALL loath you! Feel better? Lol

    February 3, 2013 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    A whole thread of nothing but trolling and hijacking! Absolutely ridiculous!

    February 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
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