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Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Early Spring

Punxsutawney Phil, the famed groundhog with an even more famous shadow, emerged from his burrow on Tuesday and predicted an early spring.

Punxsutawney Phil is held by groundhog co-handler Ron Ploucha on the 130th Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Feb. 2. German legend has it that if a furry rodent sees his shadow on Feb. 2, winter will last another six weeks. If not, spring comes early.

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Fireworks light up the sky during the annual celebration on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney on Feb. 2.

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From left, Fred Ungar of York, Pennsylvania, Tom King of Indiana, Judy Bowen of Detroit and Barry Edwards of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, display their illuminated hats during the Groundhog Day celebration at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney.

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A crowd gathers for the annual celebration on Gobbler's Knob.

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Groundhog Club president Bill Deeley taps with a cane on Punxsutawney Phil's burrow to wake him.

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Groundhog Club co-handler John Griffiths holds up Punxsutawney Phil as Ron Ploucha and other members of the Groundhog Club look on.

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Punxsutawney Phil is displayed for the crowd at Gobblers Knob.

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Records going back to 1887 show Phil has now predicted more winter 102 times while forecasting an early spring just 18 times.

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Marty Nagy, of Hallandale Beach, Fla., flashes thumbs-up to passers by while dressed as Punxsutawney Phil before the start of the 12th annual Groundhog Day on Hollywood Beach, Florida on Feb. 2.

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