The world’s most famous groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter. USA TODAY
YORK, Pa. — The results of Groundhog Day 2018 are in: According to legend, we’re in for six more weeks of winter because Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. That’s in spite of forecasts that predicted a cloudy, shadow-less morning.
The Pennsylvania groundhog isn’t the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky American tradition, but he is the most famous. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters.
He’s not always right. But he’s always popular.
Meanwhile, across state lines in New Jersey, Milltown Mel predicted an early spring.
At 7:25 a.m. Eastern time on a hill outside Punxsutawney, Pa., known as Gobbler’s Knob, the seemingly immortal Phil — the same rodent who launched the tradition in 1887, if you believe his handlers — looked for his shadow.
They reported that Phil communicated in “groundhogese” that he had cast a shadow. According to legend, that means the weather will be wintry for the next six weeks.
That’s his typical prediction: It’s only happened more than 100 other times in the 132-year history of the tradition.
Even so, there’s some good news: Phil is usually wrong.
If Phil didn’t see his shadow, it would have been an early spring.
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