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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Groundhog Predicts More Winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pennsylvania -- In a decades-old tradition, Americans looked to a groundhog to predict whether they should expect another six weeks of winter weather. The creature's involuntary answer appeared to be yes.

The groundhog, dubbed Punxsutawney Phil for the town in which he burrows, saw his shadow. According to the tradition, if the hibernating animal sees his shadow on Feb. 2, one can expect six more weeks of chilly weather. If he doesn't see his shadow, warmer weather is near.

There were a few boos, but complaints were few among the crowd of thousands since North America has been experiencing mostly mild winter weather.

The tradition is believed to have originated with a German superstition. The Germans believed that if a hibernating animal casts a shadow Feb. 2 -- the Christian holiday of Candlemas --winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, legend says spring will come early.