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Groundhog Day predicts long winter

Published 02/02/2010 | 14:09

Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney
Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney
Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney
Punxsutawney Phil predicted winter will last another six weeks (AP)
Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney (AP)
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Punxsutawney Phil predicted winter will last another six weeks (AP)
Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney (AP)
Punxsutawney Phil predicted winter will last another six weeks (AP)
Punxsutawney Phil, right, is held by Ben Hughes after emerging from his burrow on Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney (AP)

Those hoping for an early spring have been left disappointed by the news from Gobbler's Knob during the famous Groundhog Day event.

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The annual ceremony on the knoll in Pennsylvania predicted winter will last another six weeks.

The groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his burrow to see his shadow and tradition holds that if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on February 2 winter will be long. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.

The Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club annually announces Phil's forecast at dawn on Gobbler's Knob, about 65 miles from Pittsburgh.

Phil's announcement came before hundreds of onlookers who braved temperatures of around minus 9C.

The club says since 1887 Phil has predicted more winter weather by seeing his shadow nearly 100 times.

The ceremony was made internationally famous by the 1993 comedy, Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray.

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